Steubenville city council is announcing its rate increase schedule for water and sewer bills.

The move comes after the January water crisis left downtown without water for more than a week. And the broken water lines revealed millions in needed repairs.

Steubenville City Council arrived at a utility bill increase of 15 percent, or about $16.77 a month on the base bill.

The city is also supposed to start negotiating timelines in November on nearly $29 million in water and sewer projects with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Council will announce two town hall meetings to discuss the rate plan and could vote in two weeks.