- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - Oahu sewer fees are going up next month to pay for infrastructure upgrades and other costs.

The city says the month base fee and usage charge will both increase 4 percent.

The monthly base fee will rise to $65.76 while the usage charge will climb to $4.08.

Honolulu Department of Environmental Services Director Lori Kahikina says the increases are necessary to pay for capital improvements, debt service and infrastructure upgrades.

Honolulu is making $5 million in upgrades to its sewage and wastewater treatment systems as part of a settlement reached with the Environmental Protect Agency, the state Department of Health and environmental groups.

The city has agreed to make the improvements over a 25-year time span.

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