PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The ALCOSAN Board of Directors late Thursday approved a four-year plan, which sees its service rates jump nearly 50 percent between Jan. 1 of next year and 2017.

The rates will jump 17 percent in 2014, 11 percent the following year, 11 percent in 2016 and another 11 percent in 2017.

ALCOSAN Spokeswoman Nancy Barylak said that there’s no more state and federal money available to help fund infrastructure improvement projects like the one ALCOSAN must push forward to comply with federal clean water standards.

Debby Lewis, who owns a home, and rents several properties said, “A modest increase I could see, because of the cost of living and everything going up, but not 49 percent.

Kevin McCarthy, of Bellevue, told KDKA-TV, “I think it’s going to be a little tough to deal with; 49 percent is pretty steep.”

ALCOSAN last had a service rate increase two years ago.

ALCOSAN treats nearly 250 million gallons of waste water every day, 365 days a year.

It serves more than 300,000 customers in the City of Pittsburgh, and more than 80 other communities in Allegheny County.

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