The town of Bayfield is raising sanitary sewer rates by 5 percent on Jan. 1 to raise money to secure a $600,000 loan to repair the collection system.
Groundwater infiltration through weakened joints and cracks plagues the collection system during warmer seasons.
Plans call for installing a pipe liner instead of replacing aging lines. The liner material is rapidly pulled through the host pipe from manhole to manhole while its still flexible and then is expanded and cured. Curing, which produces a hard, durable liner, is done by applying heat.
The Colorado Water Resource and Power Development Authority approved the $600,000 loan. The 20-year loan carries an interest rate of 2 percent.
A 5 percent rate increase will cost residential customers $2.10 a month and produce about $35,000 annually.