The Franklin County commissioners this morning announced that water and sewer rates for their customers would be unchanged for 2022. The county’s Sanitary Engineering division has about 4,000 water customers and close to 6,000 sewer customers in more than 30 small service areas around the county, and annual rate increases usually mirror those implemented by the City of Columbus.
“Utility bills can be a hardship for some families and senior residents, and that the past two years have been hard on all of us,” said Board of Commissioners President Erica C. Crawley. “Fortunately, because American Rescue Plan funds can be used for water and sewer projects, we’re going to be able to forgo a rate increase for these customers this year.”
Services to these customers is provided by the county, but the actual water and sewage treatment are largely purchased from the much larger City of Columbus Utilities department. Current county water and sewer service rates include a base fee plus $6.23 per cubic hundred feet (CCF) of water used and $8.81 per CCF for sewer. One CCF is approximately 748 gallons, and an average customer’s quarterly bill works out to about $200 for water and $160 for sewer service.
“We’re very pleased to be able to hold our rates steady this year so that we’re not adding any additional strain to families that may already be struggling during the pandemic,” said Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce.
More information about county water and sewer service and rates can be found at CleanWater.FranklinCountyOhio.gov