City approves six per cent water rate hike for 2012

Your morning shower just got slightly more expensive.

City of Ottawa staff announced Jan. 31 that water rates will increase by six per cent this year.

That means the average household will pay an extra $37.82 for water service this year.

Rates will increase by seven per cent in 2013 and 2014 and five per cent every year thereafter.

The city’s environment committee received a higher than expected financial forecast during its meeting this morning.

A number of construction projects, including replacing sewer pipes in Centretown, have led to higher costs, city council’s environment committee heard from staff.