WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) -- A Cleveland suburb is the first in decades to withdraw from the city water system, and that decision may cost Westlake residents hundreds of dollars a year.
Westlake decided to create its own water department and buy wholesale from a different system. A court dispute is pending over its obligations under agreements with Cleveland.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/GzAbBI ) reports Cleveland's public utilities director has asked its city council to approve fees that would amount to $291 on Westlake residents' quarterly water bills for five years. He says that would cover nearly $40 million for the suburb's unpaid share of infrastructure improvements and $19 million to reroute pipes so its neighbors keep getting water.
Commercial or industrial facilities would face even higher fees, ranging up to more than $5,000.