- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Hattiesburg residents who paid higher water and sewer rates in anticipation of a new waste treatment system won’t be refunded after the rates dropped last month.

The Hattiesburg American (https://hatne.ws/2eTDB4K) reports following an April city council vote, the rates rose to $6.27 per 1,000 gallons for 1,000-100,000 gallons used, and $5.19 per 1,000 gallons for more than 100,000 gallons.

In September, those rates were cut by over 20 percent after officials agreed the city’s existing lagoons were mostly meeting permit levels and building a new system might not be necessary. The current water rates took effect Sept. 1. Residents should see the decreases on the current billing cycle.

Water and Sewer Department Director Chad Frierson said the remaining increase will be used to make improvements to the city’s current system.


Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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