CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Customers on the City of Cape Coral's water and sewer service will see an 8 percent rate increase in upcoming monthly bills as a scheduled increase goes into effect today. The 8 percent increase was the result of City Council efforts to lower a previously planned increase of 15 percent.

"We know that any billing increase is financially difficult for our customers given the tight economic conditions today," said City Manager Gary King. "That is why City Council worked with our City staff to re-evaluate the data and find ways to lessen the impact and reduce the scheduled increase by almost 50 percent."

The monthly water and sewer collections fund the operations of the City's reverse osmosis water plants in the north and south Cape, and the two wastewater reclamation facilities. They also are being used to pay the debt service associated with the recently completed expansion of these facilities.

The average monthly water and sewer bill will increase from $103.72 per month to $111.56. Had the 15 percent increase remained in place, the bill would have increased to $117.84.

City Council and staff have pledged to continue to look for opportunities that will help reduce future, scheduled increases.