Chatham-Kent residents can expect to see a fairly substantial increase to their water and wastewater rates this year.

At Monday’s public utilities commission meeting it was revealed that the average residential customer can expect to pay a total of about $50 more this year for both water and wastewater, a 5% increase.

In its long range plan, the PUC is forecasting smaller increases, of about 1-2 percent a year over the remainder of the decade.

The PUC has about $1-billion worth of infrastructure in the ground around the municipality.

About 1/5 of that should be replaced in the next decade.