Water rates could increase in Laurel County

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

All customers of the Wood Creek Water District in Laurel County could see an increase in their monthly water bills.

People could be spending nearly eight dollars more a month on water in Laurel County.

"Eight dollars on would actually be too much for me," said Rosie Doan, a water customer.

The Wood Creek Water District superintendent says the increase covers the company's cost to operate.

"We've held this off due to the economy as long as we can. We've eliminated I think eight jobs in the last four years and cut costs every way we can," said Donta Evans, the Wood Creek Water District superintendent.

Customers say they plan on cutting back on how much drinking water they use and even how many times they run their dishwasher.

Although the Wood Creek Water District has not increased their rates since 2005, customers say they are furious because it is a 25 percent rise at once.

"They should definitely take it at a gradual rate and not just all at once. I mean that hits people even harder when they do it all at once," said Dwayne Parsley, another water customer.

The higher water rates could affect up to 50,000 people.

"I'm sorry that we had to do it. We hate it as bad as anybody does. I pay it myself," said Evans.

The proposal is in front of the Public Service Commission right now.

Water officials say the increase could happen within the next few months.

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