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Moulton may double average sewer bills

By Kristen Bishop 340-2443

MOULTON — The Moulton City Council on Monday discussed increasing sewer rates to help pay for a main trunk line to the waste-water treatment plant.

The proposal would double the average household's monthly bill.

Plant Superintendent Mark Heflin said replacing the line will correct a longstanding problem. The residents who will benefit from the repairs have dealt for years with overflowing manholes, the inability to flush toilets and sewage seeping into their homes.

The cost estimate for the project is more than $2 million.

The city was awarded a $650,000 grant administered through the Environmental Protection Agency and a $1.45 million revolving funds loan from the state to apply toward the project.

Council members said a rate hike is needed to fund the remaining $125,000.

The current monthly sewer rate is $7.50 for the first 3,000 gallons and $2.50 for each additional 1,000 gallons. Council members proposed charging $7.50 plus $2.50 per 1,000 gallons, starting at zero gallons. The $2.50 would increase by 3 percent yearly for inflation.

On average, a two-person household uses about 3,000 gallons of water per month, making its bill $7.50. With the rate hike, that monthly bill would rise to $15.

Council members agreed to vote on the rate increase at the next council meeting March 26.

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