Residents in Chemung County may have noticed an increase in their sewer bill recently of about $25.
The Chemung County Sewer District said the rate hike is to help modernize and maintain the aging system.
Rates have not increased in 10 years, and the district said the new rate is still cheaper than neighboring sewer systems.
The cost of a new ultra-violet filtration plant is part of the hike, about $6 per customer each year out of that $25 increase.
“We need to start looking ahead at the infrastructure and start planning for the future,” Matt Hourihan, the CCSD executive director, explained, “and start to rebuild our fund balances to be able to have surplus funds to address emergency situations when we need them from time to time.”
Customers in the Town and Village of Horseheads, Elmira Heights, and in parts of Veteran saw an increase of about $50.
Hourihan said that is because those areas have seen population and water-use decrease while operating costs continue to rise.