Shrewsbury water customers will pay a slightly higher rate beginning this quarter, thanks to a recent increase approved by the borough council.

Residents will pay a fixed charge of $25.65 per quarter plus additional charges for those who use more than 4,000 gallons per quarter based on the following numbers: Those using 4,001 to 8,000 gallons will pay an additional $1.96 per thousand gallons; the cost for water use up to 12,000 gallons, $2.22 per thousand gallons; those using up to 16,000 gallons will pay $2.50 per thousand gallons; and the fee for those who use up to 20,000 will be an additional $2.95 per thousand gallons.

Residential customers using up to 24,000 gallons will be charged an additional $3.62 per thousand gallons; total consumption up to 28,000 will mean an additional $4.46 per thousand gallons; use up to 32,000 will equal $5.47 per thousand gallons; and anyone using more than 32,000 gallons per quarter will pay an additional $6.82 per thousand gallons.

The residential non-metered flat rate is set at $207 per quarter.

Commercial, industrial and public water rates have been set at $26.65 per quarter for up to 4,000 gallons. The commercial and industrial rates for those using more than 4,000 gallons per quarter will increase in a scale similar to residential rates, from $271 per thousand gallons up to 8,000 to $5.35 per thousand gallons for those using more than 200,000 gallons.

The new rates are effective immediately.

Council president Mike Ridgely said in spite of the increase, the borough water rates are among the lowest in York County and water quality remains high.