Shreveport water bills climb but dig down to fix problems...

Shreveport water bills climb but dig down to fix problems...

Come November...

      Shreveport water and sewerage bills are on their way up and you'll see it on November's bill. While the main goal is to avoid federal fines, it's also to create an annual fund to have money on the side to fix water mains and other issues.

   Ingleside neighbor Lorse Jimmerson sees water pouring out of cracks on her street every day. 

 "It's been there for months and the mosquitos get worse and I can't even open my door at night," Jimmerson said.

  The new rates could help situations like Jimmerson's but it might not be a pleasant surprise when you open the mail. 

The city put a sample bill in the mail this month.
 For a residential home using less than 3,000 gallons a month, the bill is probably around $8-$12. Now it'll be at least $36.
For a home using more than 6,000 gallons, expect to pay about $40-$60 total.

 "There is absolutely no easy way for elected officials or citizens. In prior years they just paid the service fees and meter fees. Now if you use less than 3,000 gallons you will be charged for the water you use," Shreveport City Council Chairman Michael Corbin said.
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