Residential water/sewer rates rise for high-volume users

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, July 13, 2013

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Residents of Rhome who are pumping out copious amounts of water can expect to pay a little more for the privilege.

“We’re looking at sewer rates,” said Mayor Chris Moore. “Once the customer hits 10,000 gallons, the sewer rate goes up a few cents.”

The city council passed an increase in the rates by a 5-0 vote at Thursday night’s meeting.

Previously, once a residential customer went over 10,000 gallons in usage, they were billed an additional $7.95 for each 1,000 gallons. The new rate is $8.25 per additional 1,000 gallons. The price per 1,000 gallons is kicked up again after a customer crosses the 20,000-gallon threshold. Once set at $8.80 per 1,000 gallons after 20,000, the new rate is $9.20

The base sewer rate of $11 stayed the same, which is lower than most municipalities.

“I just want to make sure we don’t hit retired, fixed-income people with higher bills,” said council member Charles Pennington.

“Only people who are using more than 10,000 gallons per month are going to get hit,” Moore said. “That’s not the usage you see from a typical fixed-income resident.”


  • The council approved appointing three members to the Planning and Zoning committee, including Jimmy Johnson, Nell Fernandez and Shawn Holliman.
  • The council approved appointing Deborah Becraft, Karen Sherwin and Terri Troxell to the Parks and Recreation Board.

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