Water rates will be increasing by 4.85% next year.
For an average Hamilton household that pays $660 dollars per year, that represents about a $30 increase in 2017.
The increase, approved on Wednesday night by city council, is part of an ongoing campaign to reduce a $3 billion infrastructure deficit.
Director of Water and Wastewater Dan McKinnon indicates that as the upgrades occur, the investment in the system should also reduce the number of watermain breaks that occur throughout the city.
Tom Jackson, one of three councillors opposed to the increase, insists residents are “reaching a point that they are tapped out” by rising costs related to taxes and municipal services.
Dundas’ Arlene Vanderbeek counters that nothing is more core than water, adding that “maybe we’ve got to find another way” to keep taxes under control.
Ward 5 Councillor Chad Collins agrees, stating that he’s not taking any calls from people wanting him to get rid of the backwater valve program or asking that the city not respond to frozen water pipes.