TOLEDO (AP) — Toledo residents who suffered through problems with their tap water earlier this month now will see their sewer rates rise.
The Blade reports the city council on Tuesday approved raising the rates by 52 percent over the next six years.
Council says the hike is necessary to help pay for a $521 million improvement project required by an agreement with the federal government.
The rate increase means the city can start committing the money to build an $88.2-million water storage facility to keep sewage-tainted storm water from overflowing into the Ottawa River.
Earlier this month, residents in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan were left without clean tap water for more than two days when toxins produced by algae in Lake Erie got into the water supply.