New sewer rates become law in Paso Robles

New sewer rates were adopted into law Tuesday when the Paso Robles City Council made its final reading on the increases.

The new charges will help the city rebuild its aging wastewater treatment plant for an estimated $49.6 million. An estimated $12 million annually is needed to fund the upgrade debt and ongoing wastewater operations but the old rates only brought in approximately $4.7 million annually, according to the city.

The new user rates will drop the current fixed rate of $25.86 and increase the bill of a typical household, which generates seven units of sewage per month, to about $54 per month by 2016. A unit is 748 gallons.

The increases will show up on the city’s 9,972 sewer ratepayers’ monthly bills beginning July 2012.