Controversial Water Rate Hike to be Approved on Tuesday in Odessa

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Odessa City Council members will be finalizing a controversial rate hike this week.

A 40 percent increase in water rates is expected to get its second and final approval on Tuesday.

City officials say the hike is needed due to a drop in water sales coupled with the rising cost of pumping that water to the Basin.

But residents aren't happy about it, saying they're being punished for saving water during a drought.

The rate increase does not include the sewer rate.

We're told the overall increase averages out to about 20 percent.