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Manatee water rates to increase by 8% over two years.

When Manatee County residents turn on the water faucet or shower beginning in April, they will be paying more for the water coming out.

Over the next two years, water and wastewater rates will increase by 8 percent. The increase, which was approved by the county commission Tuesday, will be gradual with a 4 percent increase taking effect April 1 and the second 4 percent increase going into effect April 1, 2018.

For the average customer bill, the increase translates to an increase of less than $3 a month. Even with the increase, Manatee County will continue to maintain the lowest rate in the region.