Christiansburg to raise water bill rates to keep up with Water Authority, other communities to follow

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Christiansburg is planning to increase water bills for residents, and it may not be the only town doing so.

The increase is to help pay for capital projects and rate increases from the Water Authority.

WDBJ7 reported last September the Authority needs to raise rates for Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Montgomery County, and Virginia Tech, so the other three will face this issue down the road.

This plan had the lowest rate increase for residents in Christiansburg.

Interim Town Manager Randy Wingfield explained, "A typical customer will see approximately 25% increase in their water bill. Although we do have measures to encourage conservation, a 1,000 gallon customer would actually see a decrease of their bill of $11."

Only one resident asked questions at Thursday night's public hearing.

A decision will be made when the budget is voted on.