Goochland, VA—Some Goochland residents are speaking out against a hike in their water bills, after water rates jumped this summer.
"I was looking for leaks, I was looking to see if somebody attached a garden hose to my house, because I was paying for 5,000 gallons I wasn't using," says Baird Stokes. He took notice of the increase, after his water bill jumped nearly $20 in just one month.
Goochland County levies a set price on any resident using less than 8,000 gallons of water. In some areas, the set price translated into a 43 percent increase in water bills.
Stokes expressed his frustration with the new law to 8News: "Why should a one-person household pay as much as a five- or six-person household? Why should I have to pay more than that household per gallon of water? It's irritating."
Goochland County Administrator Becky Dickson says the system is still working through some kinks. "We are a young system and we don't have a lot of customers, so we're still stabilizing with the revenues," she says. "So basically, rate increases were needed to stabilize the income of the system."
The county plans to review the system sometime early next year.
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