A plan to hike Calgarians’ water bills by 25 per cent over the next three years is on its way to council after a city committee approved it Wednesday, reports the Calgary Herald. But residents should not expect more hikes after those three years, said Wolf Keller, the city’s director of water resources.

The hike, which city staff say is needed to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars in critical water infrastructure (such as the Pine Creek wastewater treatment plant, expected to be finished in 2011) would see the average residential metered water bill hit $89.11 a month in 2011.

The average bill currently sits at $70.74 a month.

The increase would be around $220 more a year in 2011 than the average water bill is now.

Non-metered users would be hit a harder, paying about $260 per year more in 2011 than they did this year.

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