Sewer bills for homes in Buffalo set to go up slightly

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Sewer bills for homes in Buffalo are set to go up slightly as the Sewer Authority adopted its budget for 2025.

Buffalo homeowners will see the increases based on how much their home is worth. The exact increase is .42 per 1,000, plus a $1 consumption fee. You can see a breakdown below:

$100,000 home: $3.50 + $1 fee = $4.50

$150,000 home: $5.25 + $1 fee = $6.25

$200,000 home: $7 + $1 fee = $8

$250,000 home: $8.75 + $1 fee = $9.75

The new rate increase will help fund required improvements in order to comply with regulations from the EPA to reduce pollution in the Buffalo and Niagara Rivers, Cazenovia and Scajaquada Creeks and Black Rock Canal.

The Sewer Authority is in the midst of a five-year, $770 million capital program that will “continue to improve water quality, treatment facilities, and reduce combined sewer overflows into our local waterways.”

“We recognize that an increase of any kind may pose challenges for financially vulnerable families,” Buffalo sewer general manager OJ McFoy said in a news release Monday. “That’s why we established programs that help support families in need. Buffalo Sewer’s success securing Federal and State funds, and focus on affordability have allowed us to keep rates as low as possible for our customers.”

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Aidan Joly joined the News 4 staff in 2022. He is a graduate of Canisius College. You can see more of his work here.

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