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Rates for water, sewer may rise


The cost of water and sewage may go up come October for ECUA customers.

Board members for the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority are considering raising rates by 1.9 percent.

ECUA customers may have to dish out extra cash for their water and sewage bills if a proposed rate hike goes through.

ECUA wants to raise its rates by 1.9 percent which means for customers using an average of 7,100 gallons a month would see their bill go up a $1.08. Sanitation rates would also go up 14 cents.
 
ECUA says the extra money is needed for infrastructure upgrades and repairs to its combined 26,000-hundred miles of sewer and water lines that run throughout the city.

But for Josclyn Williams, who lives on a fixed income, any increase on her utility bills, is just too much.

"To increase that again, for not only myself but for anybody that's on a fixed income, It's going to be going into something else and it will take away from something else because you've got to keep water," Williams said.

The ECUA board will meet Thursday to discuss the proposed rate hike.  A final decision is expected next month.