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Niagara Falls Water Board raises rates, plans sewer plant upgrades

The Niagara Falls Water Board's 2018 budget, adopted Monday night, includes $750,000 for upgrades and repairs at the city wastewater treatment plant.

The plant's condition was blamed in part for several discharges of untreated sewage into the lower Niagara River, including the July 29 black-water incident that attracted worldwide attention.

The board intends to examine its capital budget for further funding and grant options for work on the plant, a spokesman said.

The budget includes a 2.4 percent rate increase for customers, who pay a quarterly bill that combines water and sewer service. That's down slightly from the 2.5 percent increase in the tentative budget.

"It is another earnest effort to deliver on the board's promise to be careful stewards of ratepayers' money," Executive Director Rolfe Porter said.

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