JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Water bills in the city of Jackson could go up significantly if the City Council agrees to buy new water meters at the heart of a $90 million water and sewer improvement project.
The proposal doesn't include a rate increase. But The Clarion-Ledger reports as meters age they show less water than people are really using, so new meters would increase bills for most of the city's 65,000 customers.
That new revenue is intended to subsidize much of the remaining work to replace nearly 2 miles of sewer lines, and make major repairs and upgrades to the city's two water plants.
Under state law, the energy performance contract must pay for itself within 15 years through new revenues and savings such as lower electricity and operational costs.
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