Water and sewer rates going up in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg City Council voted Tuesday evening to increase the water and sewer rates in the city.

Water rates will increase by 10% starting in November and will increase an additional 5% in October of next year for a  total of 15%. Sewer rates are currently billed at 80% of the water bill. That will increase to 90% in November and 100% in October 2012.

Council President Kim Bradley says the city has not seen an increase in two or three years and the city's pricing structure is one of the lowest in the state. He added that the increases will help pay for many upcoming infrastructure projects.

"The lagoon is part of our waste water program, but it's also the transmission lines. The sewer lines that are in our streets that we see the orange cones that are caving in, said Bradley. "The project is much bigger than the lagoon and we are steady on the lagoon project. It's other things too and we have to have the revenue for the infrastructure."

"The council also set a public hearing for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center to discuss implementing recycling in the city. Representatives from Waste Pro and Advantage Recycling of Sumrall will attend and give a presentation on how they jointly plan to bring recycling to Hattiesburg."

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