Final Talks before Water Rate Hike Vote

Originally posted on WGNO:

The New Orleans City Council is set to vote Thursday on a proposed rate hike that would double sewage and water bills by the year 2020.

According to the rate study an average water bill for a household of 4 will go from $52 a month to $112 by the year 2020.

On Wednesday the Budget Committee grilled the Sewage and Water Board task force double checking if the $582 million price tag to fix the city`s water and sewer infrastructure is accurate.

The rate increase plan also calls for the city to find an additional $160 million for the Corps of Engineers for cost share, relocation, operations and maintenance and then storm proofing.

The city says 40% of all water flowing through the system is leaking.

They also say the health of users is at risk.

The city says money generated from the rate increase will help fund a…

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