Binghamton Water Rates On The Rise

By Jessica Light

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 20, 2008 at 11:19 PM EDT

Every time the tap runs or faucet drips, it will cost more for people who get their water from Binghamton.

Mayor Matt Ryan says the city's water rates could go up 40 percent.

He points to the rising energy costs and the price of treatment chemicals as the main reasons

Binghamton is looking at charging 89 cents more per unit, or 750 gallons
of water.

"Let's be candid, as people's water rates go up they will probably go and look at low-flow toilets and low-flow shower heads and consumption will go down, it's not a good situation to be in," says Ryan.

Not a good situation as in even less money coming into the city to pay for providing the service.

Ryan says declining population and bottled water use are also having an impact.

The city is holding a series of public forums to get your input on the increased water costs.

March 24th and 25th from 1 to 4 pm at the Water Treatment Plant in Binghamton.

Another forum will take place on March 27th at 5:30 in City Council Chambers.

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