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Water bills will be about four percent higher in Jupiter starting Oct. 1 if the town council Thursday approves the rate increase request from the town’s water department.

The average residential customer using about 10,000 gallons a month and paying about $32 monthly would see a monthly increase of $1.21, or about $15 annually.The proposed rate increase includes commercial customers.

There was a 3.3 percent rate increase last year. No rate increases were approved between 2009-2014.

The rate increase is needed to pay for boosts in costs for labor, chemicals and power, said Utilities Director David Brown.

Jupiter Utilities serves about 80,000 customers in northern Palm Beach County and southern Martin County. The utility has a $24 million annual budget and employs about 64 full-time employees.

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