The St. Bernard Parish Council has introduced a proposal that would increase water and sewer rates by 34 percent to help improve infrastructure in a water system that has been scrutinized since a brain-eating amoeba was found in the system last fall.
Councilman Ray Lauga says the water and sewer funds have been running a near $3 million deficit.
Lauga said many of the parish's pipes are crumbling due to age and that the parish has not had a rate increase since 1997. He said the increase likely would amount to about $10 to $15 more on the average water bill.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the earliest the water and sewer rate increase could be voted on is at the March 18 council meeting.
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