Some Pitt County residents will soon see an increase in their water bills.
The town of Stokes sent out a notice that the $50.00 flat fee for up to 6,000 gallons every two months will now be $50.00 for 3,000 gallons starting May 1st. Every 1,000 gallons over the first 3,000 will be an additional $4.25. That's a change from $4.00 for every 1,000 gallons over the first 6,000.
Bruce Fraser is among those who will see his bill going up. Fraser and his family use around 6,500 gallons of water every two months. His water bill usually comes to $52.00. He expects it to be about $65.00 when the rates change,
Fraser says, "Those things add up along with the rest of the things in the economy and I think people are getting kind of frustrated with it."
The water company says the reason for the increase is that their expenditures have gone up, such as gas prices, and they've added additional personnel to test water every day.
Stokes Regional Water Corporation has 1250 active accounts and says this is the first increase within the past two years.