PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Some Petal residents have noticed that their water bills have increased since October.
Starting in October, the monthly billing for garbage pickup has been combined with the water bill.
It is an effort to help folks pay for sanitation and water with just one payment.
There will be a $5 a month increase starting in November that has to do with normal utility costs and legal issues with the city of Hattiesburg.
"I think some people have become confused and think we've added $15.25 in new charges, when actually it's the same exact price they were paying Waste-Pro," Petal Mayor Hal Marx said. "They're now just paying it to the city of Petal. We did this because we hope it'll make it more efficient as for as our garbage collecting service."