Maumelle Water Agency Expected to Lower Requested Rate Increase

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MAUMELLE, AR — We’ve been tracking a proposal in Maumelle to raise water rates by nearly 50 percent. But after announcing those big increases, Maumelle Water Management is now expected to back off.

During a meeting planned for Tuesday, the agency’s board is expected to lower it’s requested rate increase from about 48 percent down to less than 15 percent. The agency had said the big rate hikes were needed to pay for improvements and to keep up with bond payments.

But they would have cost the average customer an additional $25 dollars per month on their bills. After some vocal opposition and talk of a new solution to the city’s water problems, the agency appears to be changing course.

“It reflects the desire to seek out a compromise that will be palatable for residents,” said Maumelle alderman Preston Lewis. “We need to be thinking right now in the immediate term. What can be done to put the financial footing of the utility on stable front?”

Maumelle Water Management recently announced it was entering into a feasibility study to consider a possible merger with Central Arkansas Water.

That study, which will look at infrastructure, cost and water quality among other things, is expected to be ready by the fall.

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