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City council members on Monday unanimously approved a resolution raising city water rates to cover increased costs of purchasing water from the Benton/Washington Regional Public Water Authority. The change comes at the recommendation of the Gentry water and sewer committee. With BWRPWA raising wholesale water rates charged to the city by 4.9 percent on Jan. 1, 2013, and with a $1.50 BWRPWA monthly meter charge already being absorbed by the city to be continued, the committee recommended to the council a 5 percent increase on its water and sewer bills, beginning with bills due in January. The $1.50-permonth charge will also be passed on to water customers. The increase will make it possible for the city to provide water and sewer services without operating at a loss, as long as no major repairs or upgrades are needed in the systems.

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News, Pages 1 on 11/07/2012

Print Headline: Water rates to rise in Gentry

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