- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Columbus residents will be paying more for water.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1zfoJ7A ) the Columbus Light & Water board of directors approved a five percent increase Thursday.

General Manager Todd Gale says the average water bill between residential and business customers was about $41 a month. A 5 percent increase will add $2 to that amount.

Officials says the extra money will help pay for capital improvements.

For this year, the city utility has plans for $1.2 million in capital improvements. Most of the money will pay for maintenance of the north and south water treatment plants, water main upgrades in East Columbus and sewer system rehabilitation project.

Gale says the higher water rates are likely to take effect in December.

The last water rate increase was in January 2013.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com

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