The City of Ottawa is considering a 10 per cent increase for water and sewer rates this year.

If council approves the increase, water and sewer rate would rise by about $56 a year for the average household, the city said. In a news release, the city said the increase is being driven by the need to repair aging infrastructure and an expanded capital works program of $213 million — $23 million more than originally forecast.

Council is scheduled to debate the proposed 10 per cent increase at a Feb. 23 meeting and will be sent to council for final approval on March 24.

Ottawa city councillors recently passed a 2010 budget that includes a 3.77 per cent tax hike for residential properties, which will add about $140 to the average homeowner's tax bill this year.