Water rates for Groveport's more than 1,200 customers could increase in 2019.

"With expenses continuing to increase due to inflation, a small increase of 3 percent is being recommended for 2019 in order to stay at least current with our balance in the Water Fund," City Administrator Marsha Hall said in her report to Groveport City Council.

If approved, customers would see the increase on bills beginning April 1. The last rate hike was 3 percent in 2017.

The average annual bill would increase from $277.98 to $286.32, Hall said.

There also are more than 900 Columbus water system accounts in Groveport; according to Hall, the Columbus Sewer and Water Advisory Board has recommended that Columbus City Council increase rates by 2 percent in 2019. Columbus also provides sanitary sewer service to Groveport. A 3 percent sewer usage rate also is under consideration for 2019 by Columbus, she said.

Groveport opened a $2.5 million water plant in 2015 with a 30-year debt service. To pay for the plant, water customers saw increases of 20 percent in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and 12 percent in 2016.