Mount Pleasant Waterworks raising its basic charge by $4

A Mount Pleasant Waterworks employee replaces part of an automated meter reading system in the Harborgate neighborhood. The utility just announced an increase in its basic charge but is keeping other rates and fees the same.

MOUNT PLEASANT — This month, town homeowners will see their monthly basic water and sewer charge rise by $4 — from $18 to $22 — to help offset the utility’s higher costs.

Mount Pleasant Waterworks Commissioners approved their budget this week, one that included the higher basic rate. The utility’s impact fees and other rates based on the volume of water and sewer use will remain the same.

Chairman Rick Crosby said the $29.2 million operating budget will help the utility keep its financial stability so it runs a reliable system.

General Manager Clay Duffie said Mount Pleasant Waterworks has $1.5 billion in assets and its new budget will help ensure it meets stringent regulations while it remains able to serve the growing parts of town. Duffie also noted that impact fees cover the utility’s cost of serving new development.

The higher basic charge will show up in bills that arrive this month. This is the second year in a row the commissioners have increased that charge. The utility serves almost 75,000 residents.

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.