SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Water rate increases are possible for Shreveport. Tuesday the City Council postponed the vote. The plan, if passed, would go into effect on October 1st. The plan includes a 26% increase on water rates. In a more drastic change, sewage rates would go up 55%. That 55% increase would go into effect on October 1st, but in 2015, those rates would increase again.
According to Councilman Jeff Everson, the council members used their bills to estimate a numerical cost for this rate increase. He says it would cost $15 to $20, but that entirely depends on how much water a residence uses. This plan has not been voted on yet. The people who will be the hardest hit will be those residences that used less than 3,000 gallons of water a month. Previously, they were able to get away without paying for that water. If this plan is approved, that would change. Those residences that use less than 3,000 gallons of water would have to pay for the water with the 26% increase plus the 55% increase on sewage. The City of Shreveport Water and Sewage department has some programs in the works to help out with that.