Greenville increasing water rates to fund system improvement

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Greenville residents will pay more for water and sewer rates starting this fall, and annual increases are expected for a decade so the city can pay for improvements to the system.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports that the City Council, on a split vote, approved a 9.3 percent rate increase to take effect Oct. 1.

The current monthly minimum bill for water is $9.60 and for sewer is $9.50. City Clerk Amelia Wicks says with the increase, the minimum for water will be $10.49 and sewer will be $10.38.

Vice-mayor Lois Hawkins says some residents’ bills are up to $200 a month.

An external financial consultant, Steve Osso, recommends the city increase rates 9.3 percent annually for 10 years to pay for improvements required by the Environmental Protection Agency.