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The cost to turn on the tap is about to increase substantially for a quarter million water users in Western Massachusetts.

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A proposed 16.9 percent rate increase for about 240,000 water users in western Massachusetts is being reconsidered following sharp criticism from elected  officials.

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Residents in Pittsfield could soon be paying higher water and sewer rates. The city council will vote Tuesday whether to approve Mayor Dan Bianchi’s proposal to raise water and sewer rates for the third straight year. Residents would see an annual fee increase of nearly 7-and-a-half dollars if the 2.5-percent hike is approved at the city council meeting. City Councilor and Chair of the Public Works Subcommittee Chris Connell says the increase is in line with ones over the past two years so residents don’t feel a big financial crunch during one year.