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Newborn hikes its water rates

NEWBORN -- Newborn residents will see an increase in their water bills later this month following an increase to water rates approved by the Town Council Monday night.

The rates increased from $11 to $11.18 for the first 1,000 gallons, and from $3.40 to $3.58 for each additional 1,000 gallons.

The last rate hike occurred in 2007. The new rates will be in effect when customers receive their bills later this month.

The increase was in reaction to Newton County raising the wholesale cost of water by 18 cents per 1,000 gallons, according to Mayor Roger Sheridan.

The cities of Covington, Porterdale, Oxford, Mansfield and the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority previously approved similar increases.

Effective July 1, Oxford's rates also increased by 18 cents per 1,000 gallons, to $18.27 for a minimum 3,000 gallons and to $6.09 for each additional 1,000 gallons.

Mansfield's rates jumped from $15 to $16 for the 2,000 gallon minimum and to $3.44 per additional 1,000 gallons.

Porterdale is charging residential customers $6.60 per 1,000 gallons per month and $7.27 per 1,000 gallons of sewer per month.

The city of Covington's rates went from $13.80 for the first 3,000 gallons of water to $15.18. For additional usage of 3,001 to 50,000 gallons of water, the charge was raised to $4.84 cents from $4.40 per 1,000 gallons. For usage above 50,000 gallons, the charge was raised to $5.04, up from $4.58, per 1,000 gallons. In addition, the charge for sanitary sewer service was increased by 25 percent.

Finally, the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority adopted the following rate changes:

Water

* Up to 3,000 gallons per month - $5.15 per 1,000 gallons, up from $5;

* 4,000-8,000 gallons per month - $5.67 per 1,000 gallons, up from $5.50;

* 9,000-20,000 gallons per month - $6.18 per 1,000 gallons, up from $6;

* more than 20,000 gallons per month - $6.70 per 1,000 gallons, up from $6.50

Sewer

* $6.30 per 1,000 gallons, up from $6.