MDC sets its sights on increasing water bill for greater Hartford customers

Hartford

A warning to folks who live in the greater Hartford area – your water bill may be going up.

If you buy your water from the Metropolitan District Commission, or MDC, chances are your water bill may go up next month. 

On December 10, MDC is expected to adopt a budget that would increase average water bills for homeowners. The proposed MDC budget includes a 13.2% spending increase coupled with an average water bill increase of $6.73 a month.

If approved as proposed, homeowners could see up to an 11 percent increase in their water and sewer bills next year, with an additional 1 to 4 percent increase in their property taxes, depending on where they live. 

According to the MDC, the average, residential MDC customer pays $58.73 a month for 4,360 gallons of water; that monthly bill would rise to $65.16 a month under the MDC plan. 

The MDC serves eight member towns: Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill, West Hartford, Wethersfield and Windsor.

“These proposed rate hikes will make the MDC the most expensive water company in Connecticut” State Sen. Beth Bye said. “People are already upset with the history of the past five years of MDC rate hikes; I heard about it constantly as I was going door-to-door during the recent election. The MDC’s proposal is too much. They need to tighten their belts. They need to find savings.”  

State lawmakers are urging people who may be affected to attend a public hearing on Monday night at 5 p.m. in the MDC headquarters in Hartford. State officials also recommend attending another public hearing on Wedesday at the same location at 5 p.m.

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