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      Falls Church raises water rates by 8 percent

      Falls Church is raising its water rates for residents by 8 percent for the first time in six years.

      The city council voted Monday on the rate hike, which is{}scheduled to take effect October 1. The rate will increase from $3.03 to $3.27 per 1,000 gallons, which means residents will pay between $2 and $7 more per quarter, depending on their water use.

      Officials say the increase reflects higher costs for the city to buy water, electricity, chemicals, and asphalt, along with the city's investment of $30 million to improve and expand its utility infrastructure.

      Fairfax County customers who receive water service through Falls Church will not be affected by the increase.