water rates

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Overdue infrastructure maintenance and several years of stagnant revenue have several water providers in western Kentucky raising their rates. Murray, Cadiz, and Caldwell County water systems are all in the process of raising their rates.

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Murray City Council has passed the first reading of a proposal that would, over three years, nearly double  water and wastewater rates.

City Finance Director Alan Lanier says average water bills run at about $7 and wastewater at nearly $13.50.


An ordinance gradually raising water bills about 31 percent in Hopkinsville is set for the city council’s approval.

Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority General Manager Derrick Watson says the ordinance which spreads the increase over three years unanimously passed its first reading at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Watson says if the increase passes its second reading the additional revenue will go toward projects in Hopkinsville.