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Lake City residents could see increase in water rates

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By Dwane Wilder

LAKE CITY—Lake City residents may soon see an increase on their water bill.

On Thursday the council raised rates to help pay for replacing about a mile and a half of antiquated lines.

Water rates could increase from $14.40 to $14.76 for a minimum bill.  Those who use more than 2,000 gallons could see rates increase from $7.30 to $8.30 per 1,000 gallons of usage. The council will consider the increase at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at City Hall. Councilman Andrew Howard pointed out that Lake City currently has a water loss rate of 39 percent through its current infrastructure. He said a water loss rate of 40 percent or more will attract the attention of the state, which could come in and mandate its own water rate structure if the problem is not corrected.

“This will allow us to do something to improve our infrastructure without the state having to step in and do it,” said Howard.

The last time Lake City residents saw a water rate increase was in July 2011.