Residents Have Mixed Reactions Regarding Proposed Water Rate Hike In Midland

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- If your one of the hundreds thousands of people living in the City of Midland, get ready to see your water rates go up. A rate hike proposal is in the hands of Midland's City Council.

We all know that Midland's water resources are running dry and projects like the T-Bar Ranch will help bring water to the Tall City. But that project is very expensive, the total cost is around $200 million. So to pay for all that, the city wants their customers to pay more.

"The projects that we're getting are over 200 miles of pipeline, so people are essentially paying for over 200 miles of pipeline and nearly $300 million of new projects to secure additional water," Persephone Dakopolos with City of Midland, said.

But with the proposed rate hike, it still leaves Midlanders with mixed feelings.

"They have to charge us more, we conserve and they still charge us more, it's not fair," one Midland resident, said.

"It's a precious resource and we don't have a whole lot of it. So the city has got to do they got to do if we're going to have water. I mean my front yard has been dead for two years because I just don't waste the water on it. I don't see the sense in it," Midland resident, Don Snoke, said.

So here's the break down on monthly bills. The average consumer uses between 3,000 and 10,000 gallons of water a month:

  • 5,000 Gallons- Current: $24.13 Proposed: $25.21 Percent Increase: 4.50%
  • 10,000 Gallons- Current: $40.08 Proposed: $42.71 Percent Increase: 6.56%
  • 30,000 Gallons- Current: $121.23 Proposed: $142.71 Percent Increase: 17.72%

"Your paying for the water to be delivered 150 miles from your house into your house. Which is not cheap and not easy. So unfortunately there's not enough water to get the bulk rates," Dakopolos said.