Windsor residents likely won't see a property tax increase for the sixth straight year in 2014. But they will have to pay more for their water.
Water rates in Windsor, LaSalle and Tecumseh will jump four per cent next year.
The reason for the increase is that the utilities commission needs more money to fix water mains.
It has about 1,100 kms of pipe that must be replaced.
"On average we replace anywhere from 15-18 kms on annual basis," said John Wladarski, a vice president of Enwin. "So as you can see, there's a long way to go."
About $15 million a year is being directed to replace water mains.
Coun. Bill Marra chairs the commission's board of directors. He said Windsor is not the only community raising water rates for this reason.
"You can walk into a city council chamber from coast to coast to coast, put a blind fold on and you would think you're in Windsor," he said. "We're all dealing with the same issues. We have a massive infrastructure deficit across this country, and roads sewers and pipes are the common denominator."
The four-per-cent increase is part of a six-year plan started in 2010 to raise the rates.
The average consumer will see their monthly bill go up by $1.40 next year. That brings the average monthly bill to $38..