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Oahu sewer fees to rise 4 percent next month

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 2011star-advertiser / july 8
The city has pledged under an Environmental Protection Agency consent decree to make major improvements to its waste-water system, including $1.7 billion in upgrades to sewage treatment plants that include the Sand Island facility, above.
    STAR-ADVERTISER / 2011
    star-advertiser / july 8 The city has pledged under an Environmental Protection Agency consent decree to make major improvements to its waste-water system, including $1.7 billion in upgrades to sewage treatment plants that include the Sand Island facility, above.

Oahu sewer fees are going up next month to pay for infrastructure upgrades and other costs.

The city says the month base fee and usage charge will both increase 4 percent.

The monthly base fee will rise to $65.76 while the usage charge will climb to $4.08.

Honolulu Department of Environmental Services Director Lori Kahikina says the increases are necessary to pay for capital improvements, debt service and infrastructure upgrades.

Honolulu is making $4.7 billion in upgrades to its sewage and wastewater treatment systems as part of a settlement reached with the Environmental Protect Agency, the state Department of Health and environmental groups.

The city has agreed to make the improvements over a 25-year time span.

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