MLGW customers might see a higher water bill soon

Published: Oct. 10, 2014 at 8:19 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 10, 2014 at 4:41 PM CDT
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Memphis Light, Gas, and Water customers could soon be paying more for their utility bills and it all depends on a proposal to raise the water rate.

MLGW executives are proposing a 35-cent a month increase to the water rate for residential customers. Industrial customers will also see an increase that has not been determined.

MLGW is losing its largest water customer, Cargill. The plant is closing at the beginning of next year. The closure will cost MLGW millions of dollars; it hopes the 35-cent a month increase will offset that loss.

This is only a proposal. It must first be approved by Memphis City Council.

Here are a few suggestions on how to reduce your water usage at home, from American Water and Energy Savers.

  • Check your home for hidden water leaks.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Don't let water run while shaving or washing your face.
  • When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink with soapy water and use the other side for quick rinsing under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.

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