Sit down when you open your next WSSC water bill — rates just went up another 7.3 percent! When we moved into our West Laurel home 13 years ago our quarterly water bill was around $60. I was happy with that — it seemed like a reasonable amount to pay for water. Starting in 2007 or so, I noticed that our bills were increasing — they topped $100 for the first time. Yes, we were using more water as our family grew, but not that much more. Every year after that the increases kept coming. Our bills are now about $160, and we're not using more water. WSSC water rates have increased 7-10 percent every year since 2008. I think that's unconscionable, especially during a recession! If you agree with me and want to do something about it, please come and share your story with the WSSC Commissioners next Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 8:30 a.m. at the WSSC headquarters building (14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel). They will soon be deciding how much of an increase we can afford next year, and if no one speaks up I'm sure we'll get another big increase. They really do seem to listen to our input, so please come and share your story. Commission meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 8:30 a.m., and the first part of the meeting is always open for public comment.