(KMOV.com) – The city of Winfield said it will be raising residents’ water bill because it had been undercharging them for many years.
Winfield officials told News 4 they discovered they had been undercharging when Lincoln County Public Water Supply District 1 notified them of a rate hike. Officials said they did a water survey and determined they were undercharging residents.
One resident told News 4 she considers the current rate to be fair, but does not like the increase.
“I think it’s a reasonable price but I don’t like it,” Jill Rudar said. “We try to budget in the household so it will be more difficult to have another bill that’s higher.”
The city told News 4 it is unclear how high the hike will be or how long it will last. Despite the increase, the city said the rates will still be affordable according to state and federal agencies.
The city also conducted a study indicating the water district had not charged for 7 million gallons over the past four years because of a faulty water meter. The water district plans to charge for that water.