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Wichita residents could see a more than 50 percent increase in their water and sewer rates over the next decade.
The city's water utilities advisory committee said next year's projected increase for commercial and residential customers would average 5.8 percent for water and sewer combined.
Our news partners at The Wichita Eagle report the proposed increases come after a decade when rates climbed annually and usually exceeded inflation. The projected increases stem in part from having to pay for costly projects aimed at securing future water sources and fixing the city's water infrastructure.
City Manager Robert Layton, however, emphasizes the new projections are only for planning purposes. He said rate increases require approval from the city council, and residents will have the chance to question their plans.