Kentucky County’s Troubled Water District Raises Fees | Kentucky News

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Typical monthly water bills in a struggling water district in Kentucky will increase to nearly $70 per month beginning April 1.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission approved the raise for Martin County on Tuesday, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

A small, rural county along the Tug Fork River, Martin County has long been plagued with drinking water issues, and cost has long been an issue. The county also has one of the highest poverty rates in Kentucky, which makes the higher cost of water particularly difficult.

A 2019 report by Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center and Martin County Concerned Citizens found that many of the county’s 4,300 households could not afford the cost of improvements needed to make water safe to drink.

County Water District officials originally requested $56.04 for 4,000 gallons per month, a typical amount, at a hearing in September, a rate they said would be enough for the district to meet the threshold. of profitability. A typical customer will now pay $69.73.

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According to the Lexington newspaper, Martin County Water District customers were billed $50.18 for using 4,000 gallons of water per month less than a year ago.

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