Nashville Council Considers Water Rate Increase Again

Nashville needs to make repairs to water systems that have been plagued with problems such as high E. coli levels and rusted out meters.

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The Nashville town council is considering between a 7 percent to a 16.4 percent increase in water rates.

Nashville officials are considering raising water rates again.

The town of Nashville’s water system is plagued with problems including high E. coli levels and old infrastructure such as cracked pipes and rusted out meters.

Repairs to Nashville’s water system need to be made, but the utility does not have the money to do it. They are already operating in the red.

Town Superintendent Roger Bush knows that any rate hike would be unpopular with residents.

“My initial assessment was based off anything else was 16.4 [percent]. Since then we’ve looked at some changes we could make and we’ve got it down to 7 [percent]. ” says Roger Bush Town Council Superintendent.

Nashville residents already pay a premium for their water because it is piped in. Resident and town council Vice President Charles King says he pays $330 a month for water.

“Frankly if the rates are too high, people wouldn’t want to live here ,” he says. ”It’s approaching that now.”

While some of the council members say a rate hike is the most likely solution, they are also looking at other alternatives including actually selling the utility.

The council’s next scheduled meeting is June 20.

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