Riverton residents can expect an increase in their culinary water rate in the coming weeks.

In a 3-1 vote, the City Council on June 2 opted to raise the rate beginning with the August bill.Assistant City Administrator Kimberly Singleton said the increase was a response to inflation, adding "there hasn't been a water increase in six years."

Meanwhile, the city's capital and maintenance costs for the water utility has increased steadily since 1993, Singleton said.

Councilwoman Cherri White cast the lone nay vote. Riverton's fifth council spot is vacant.

For all customers, the base rate increased from $7.75 (for the first 5,000 gallons) to $13 (for the first 10,000 gallons).

The overage charges were also increased, as follows:

- $1 per 1,000 gallons from 10,001 to 30,000 gallons.

- $1.10 per 1,000 gallons from 30,001 to 60,000.

- $1.25 per 1,000 gallons from 60,001 to 100,000.

- $1.50 per 1,000 gallons from 100,001 gallons and up.