ODESSA - A controversial hike in water rates is set to be voted on by Odessa City Council this week.
A proposed 40 percent increase in city water rates has homeowners outraged.
City officials say the hike is needed due to a big drop in water sales plus the rising cost of getting water here.
However, residents say they're being punished for conserving water during a drought.
Council members are expected to approve the first reading for the increase which will not affect the sewer rate.
The Odessa City Manager says the overall increase averages out to about 20 percent.