5% water rate hike expected

DWS personnel install a service lateral pipeline on Mohouli Street in Hilo. (Courtesy photo / DWS)
Construction of new DWS water reservoir storage tank takes place recently. (Courtesy photo / DWS)
DWS personnel conduct a hydrant flow test. (DWS Courtesy Photo)

HILO — Water rates are expected to go up 5 percent this year in a $55.7 million Department of Water Supply budget that got a preliminary nod Tuesday from the Water Board.