How new budget will affect MDC water rates in Hartford area

The Metropolitan District voted unanimously to approve the $204 million water and sewer budget. 

The Metropolitan District voted unanimously to approve the $204 million water and 
sewer budget. 

Jonah Dylan/Hearst Connecticut Media

HARTFORD — The Metropolitan District Commission has approved a $204 million operating budget for the 2023 fiscal year.

The budget approved Monday represents a 2.1 percent decrease from the 2022 budget, which officials attributed to lower employee medical and other costs and a reduction in the workforce over the past decade. 

"We are thrilled to put forward a budget that gives relief to MDC ratepayers and towns, especially in such a difficult economic climate," MDC CEO Scott Jellison said in a news release. "MDC rates are among the best value for any utility in Connecticut. Credit goes to our board and employees who have all worked to find significant savings in order to keep the MDC on a stable financial path for the past several years and ensuring it remains well positioned for the future. We’re seeing the benefits of those efforts now.”

The rate for the MDC's Clean Water Project will increase from $4.10 to $4.25 per 100 cubic feet (ccf), according to the agency. The water use charge will decrease, from $4.09 per ccf to $3.80 per ccf. A ccf is about 748 gallons of water.

Two other charges will stay flat, the agency said. A member town customer who uses 100 ccf per year would see a $14 decrease in their entire water bill for 2023, or 1.3 percent.

The vote at Monday's board meeting to adopt the budget was unanimous. The MDC serves eight towns: Hartford, East Hartford, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Windsor, Bloomfield and Newington., @TheJonahDylan