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If you were already wondering what organ to sell to afford next month’s bills, get this: The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority is proposing a spike in water and sewage rates to start by the end of the summer. If the proposal goes through, all D.C. residents are expected to see an almost 8-percent jump, averaging a $60 more per year (based on an average monthly usage of 6,231 gallons of water).

WASA officials have been toying with the idea of the rate increase since late last year and have been making the rounds at the ANC meetings. The next step starts tonight 6:30 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, the first site in a series of public meetings.

An 8-perccent increase for Prince George’s and Montgomery counties has already passed and will go into effecty by July 1, raising the average customer’s quarterly bill by $11.25.

WASA chief financial officer, Olu Adebo, says many D.C. residents have seemed receptive to the idea of a higher water bill once they find out the reasons, but not all residents are jumping to the idea. “Keeping D.C. water clean is going to be expensive no matter what.”

If you can’t make it to the MLK tonight, you’ll have other chances to sound off:

TUESDAY, MAY 20 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Washington Center for the Aging
2601 18th St., NE

TUESDAY, MAY 27 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cleveland Park Library
3310 Connecticut Ave., NW

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Southwest Neighborhood Library
900 Wesley Place, SW

THURSDAY, MAY 29 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Anacostia Senior High School Auditorium
1601 16th St., SE

WASA’s also hosting public hearings Wednesday, June 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Monday, June 23, 10 a.m.-noon at Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 777 North Capitol Street, NE (within walking distance of Union Station).

—Whitney Boyd

(photograph by unReelfx)