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BA utility customers will see rate change effective on November bills, city officials say

Posted at 11:13 AM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 12:16:16-04

BROKEN ARROW — According to the City of Broken Arrow, BA utility customers will soon be seeing a rate change effective on November bills.

Officials say a typical household using 7,000 gallons will notice an increase of about $5.37 per month on their bill.

The increases are necessary in continuing to provide utility services and pay debt service payments and operational costs, officials say.

“Aging utility systems that experience significant growth always face challenges. With the addition of new environmental regulations and emerging technologies, these challenges can be expensive. A perfect example is our County Line Trunk Sewer system. The sewer line is almost 40 years old and has experienced significant degradation and deterioration over the years. We have made numerous point repairs and patches over the past few years during heavy rains, which have resulted in several bypasses that adversely impacted surrounding creeks. These rate increases will continue to pay for projects like the complete replacement of nearly five miles of the County Line Trunk Sewer, which will be constructed in two phases. The first phase is about $16 million and is currently under construction now," says Assistant City Manager of Operations Kenneth Schwab, P.E.. “Broken Arrow has more than tripled the number of its residents since 1980! So as a utility provider, we’re playing catch up with the aging portions of our infrastructure. It’s important that we modernize and make the system more efficient to provide high quality services to our residents and businesses, and position ourselves for continued growth.”

Officials say the rate increase for a typical residential customer in the Broken Arrow City limits, that uses 7,000 gallons of water per month, will see the water fee increase by about $2.37, the stormwater fee increase by $0.62 and the sewer fee increase about $2.38. These increases would cause the total bill increase to about $5.37 per month.

To view the complete Capital Improvement Plan, click here.

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