BEDFORD, N.Y.-- Bedford residents will have to pay a little more for their water in order to pay for a new water filtration plant in Katonah.
The Bedford Town Board unanimously approved water rate increases last week. Average water rates will increase by 20 percent, abut $97 a year.
"The water filtration plant is in operation and is producing great quality water," Department of Public Works Commissioner Kevin Winn said. "Due to the increased expenses of the plant, we do need to have slight rate increase though it is less than anticipated."
Winn said the town's goal with the rate increase was to advocate for more water conservation. Minimum water rates are lower, but the rates increase with the more water used.
The rate increase will go into effect on Oct. 1. The rate increase was less than anticipated due to electric and waste disposal costs being less than anticipated.
Gordon Strong, a Katonah resident, complained he was being penalized by the new rate structure. Strong has a one inch water main and would be paying more than his neighbors who have larger homes and might use more water.
"I don't think it's fair," Strong said. "I am being asked to pay a higher rate. I should be made an exception."
Winn said he should change the size of his water meter and residents are charged for meters because they put more tax on the water system.
The town board said it wanted to find out if more homeowners were in Strong's situation in the event they made an exception for Strong.
An open house for the new plant will be held on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon.
There are 2100 homes and businesses in the consolidated water district.
To view the rate increases approved by the town, visit the town's website .
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