Athens Increasing Water Rates In 2013

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Athens residents will see their water bills go up after January 1st.

In a press release the city said the 3% rate hike will go towards covering increased labor, equipment, and supply costs.

The increase will also cover the replacement of aging water meters and distribution lines.

The release also said a second phase of improvements to the water system in the coming years.

The city said the increase is part of a plan for smaller rate increases over a period of time to help "avoid cumbersome debt loads".