Following a public hearing held on June 6, 2017, the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission met on Thursday, June 22, 2017 to vote on the proposed fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget, capital improvement program, schedule of rates, fees and charges, and revisions to Commission rules and regulations.
The Commission voted to approve a combined water and sewer rate increase of approximately 4.0% for residential customers. The rate increases will be applied to water and sewer use beginning July 1, 2017, and our customers will see the rate increases beginning with bills issued in August 2017.
The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has recently adjusted the disinfection process at West Parish Filters Water Treatment Plant. Some consumers may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in the drinking water as a result. Chlorine levels in Springfield’s drinking water remain well below the maximum limits established by the EPA and MassDEP, and the water is safe to drink.
In anticipation of the upcoming dip in temperatures, the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission is reminding the public to take steps to prevent frozen water pipes in homes and businesses. In cold weather, water pipes can freeze and burst, causing damage to properties and disrupting the lives of residents.