BCWS customers will see first rate increase in 9 years

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If you are a customer of Berkeley County Water and Sanitation, you will see an increase on your September bill.

Berkeley County Council approved the 15 percent rate increase recently, and officials report it's the first rate increase for the water and sanitation company in nine years. It will go into effect August 15.

BCWS reports the average customer using 3,000 gallons of water will see an increase of $1.62 on their monthly bill. BCWS says sewer rates will not be impacted.

As a part of the increase, customers will also see an increase in the late fee for bills. That fee will now be $10.

Also, there will be a one-time refundable deposit of $100 on all new accounts on rental properties after August 15, 2017.

"BCWS strives to keep rates low and maintain a high-level of customer service," said Berkeley County Water and Sanitation Executive Director Douglas Smits. "We understand no one likes rate increases, but it's a necessary move to keep up with the maintenance and improvements to our system in order to continue our high level of service into the future."

Anyone with questions is urged to call BCWS customer service at (843) 572-4400.

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