Proposed increased water rate announced in Saltillo to solve brown water

Customers could be seeing large increases in their water rates, as announced in a public meeting Thursday night.

Posted: Nov 8, 2018 10:24 PM
Updated: Nov 9, 2018 9:11 AM

SALTILLO, Miss. (WTVA) - Customers could be seeing large increases in their water rates, as announced in a public meeting Thursday night.

It's a solution city leaders say to a recurring brown water issue.

"They did a little survey card when we were doing the brown water thing and we checked we would be willing to pay more. We just didn't expect it to be this much," shared Saltillo resident Richard Nielsen.

For residential customers, a normal rate of $10.43 would increase to $15.00 for those within city limits and $12.00 to $19.00 for customers more than one mile from city limits. This would happen after a switch from well to river water.

Just because a rate is requested does not mean a rate increase gets approved as requested.

Some residents WTVA spoke with say they are willing to fit the bill.

"I'm willing to do what I can to help get us the good water if it costs a little more. At the same time, we didn't know about the change, it just happened," said resident Dedra Rainey.

City officials announced that increases will have to be approved before they take any effect.

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