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Water rates for residents in Prince George's and Montgomery counties will increase 7 percent beginning July 1.
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Water rates for residents in Prince George's and Montgomery counties will increase 7 percent beginning July 1.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission says customers in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties will see their rates rise by 7.5 percent beginning July 1. The increase will add about $5 to the typical water bill.

The increase will help pay for a 2 percent pay raise and some merit increases for the agency's 1,500 employees. WSSC officials say funds are also needed to rehabilitate and improve the agency's aging pipes and other systems.

The increases follow several years of similar rate hikes.

WSSC serves about 1.8 million residents in Maryland's Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

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