~ Springfield, MO - Customers on City sewer service will soon see a planned 3% rate increase beginning July 1, according to a recent press release. This increase will result in an additional $1.26 per month for the average user and is necessary to facilitate the continued improvement of the City's aging sewer system.

The decision to raise rates was made in order to comply with federal Clean Water Act regulations and ensure that the community's wastewater system remains in good condition. The City of Springfield contracts with City Utilities for sanitary sewer services billing, so customers can expect to see this change reflected on their August CU bills.

Sewer rates are based on water consumption, which is calculated by averaging water usage for January, February, and March. This method is used to avoid including summer activities such as irrigation, car washing, and pool filling in the calculation. According to Springfield Environmental Services, a base customer charge is applied along with an additional charge for every 100 cubic feet (CCF) of water used. For reference, one CCF equals 748 gallons.

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On average, a residential customer uses 6 CCF and currently receives a bill of $40.78 per month. After the July 1st effective date, this same customer will receive a bill of $42.04 per month.

In 2021, Springfield modified their consent decree which includes a $300 million investment plan over the course of 15 years for the renewal of its collection system and treatment facilities. This program is expected to be completed with future rate adjustments remaining aligned with inflation experienced by the general economy. As a result, Springfield's sewer rates are expected to remain low compared to other cities for the foreseeable future.

The upcoming rate increase is part of a series approved by City Council in February 2023 and will last through 2026. This structure aligns with the recommendations of a community stakeholder group appointed to consider changes to Springfield's wastewater system, including rates.

For more information about the City's wastewater improvements, customers can visit or contact Sewer Revenue Technician Kristy Haynes at 417-864-1924.

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