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Baltimore water bills to rise by 11 percent

Baltimore water bills to rise by 11 percent

Baltimore water customers' rates will increase by 11 percent Wednesday, marking the final year of a three-year rate increase. Quarterly bills for a typical family of four will increase to about $223 from $201, according to officials at the city Department of Public Works. The rate increases are needed to provide the money to rebuild the city's aging sewer system and failing water infrastructure, according to Rudolph S. Chow, the city's public works director. The city's spending panel approved a 42 percent increase in water and sewer rates in 2013 to be rolled out over three fiscal years. "I am committed to keeping these increases as low as possible, and to...

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