Water Bills Going Up For Stokes Customers

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.


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  • by The Man Location: Eastern NC on Mar 23, 2012 at 08:25 AM
    The man testing the water only makes around mininum wage!! This is a scam! LOL
  • by ITs going to Keep Rising Location: ENC on Mar 23, 2012 at 04:13 AM
    Water and sewer rates will continue to rise due to government policies. They have now limited how much water can be taken from underground so you have to build a plant to treat water out of a river. Watch Martin they will spend millions of dollars for this kind of plant.
  • by That's Too &%#$ Much! on Mar 22, 2012 at 10:31 PM
    Water bills are some of the lowest of all bills and for the money (in most places) it's a bargain. But THIS increase is bloated, even in my generous nature and deep pockets, I would be upset about this rate hike.
  • by River Location: NC on Mar 22, 2012 at 09:48 PM
    I have a " Water Well " I do not pay a water bill. plus I have a ' Reverse Osmosis Water System ' Funny I do not get a water bill in my mail. Sorry taxman!
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      by Not for long on Mar 23, 2012 at 03:55 AM in reply to River
      There is legislation out there that wants to meter wells... If you use to much there will be an additional fee to you. The underground aquifers are not owned by you.....
  • by Water Man Location: Eastern Carolina on Mar 22, 2012 at 09:17 PM
    I work for a water system about the same size and they do have to test the water everyday. You can thank the EPA for that it is a new rule that started last year. We spend more money testing the water we discharge in the sound then we do the water we drink. Again thanks to the EPA. With all the test we have to run your water is safe to drink or PWS would be over there. Read your CCR that they sent out or put in the paper. Your like this if a water system wants to borrow money from USDA your avg. water bill has to $29.50 per month to get any grant money. Alot of smaller systems will raise the bill to that just so they can get the grant money. The money is then used for capital improvements to the treatment plant, new towers, new water mains. Because there water rates were to low for way to long, to help make those improvements.
  • by Stokes Resident Location: Stokes on Mar 22, 2012 at 08:26 PM
    I said this was going to happen when they pushed the cheaper but more dangerous treatment chemicals in our water supply here. Told everyone they where lining their pockets and stiffing us with sub-par water treatment chemicals. Remember they went to those new chemicals because it curtails EPA regulations as the new chemicals have little research done over there use(little is known about their organic by-product creations) and are regulated as emergencies use only for portable water systems and they are cheaper. Also they are less effective when it comes to killing bacteria and viruses(that is why they must switch to the old chemical every once in a while for they flush the bacteria and viruses out the pipes.) They well keep doing this until we make them change. Don't they have more than a half million dollars in the stokes water company bank accounts. Just fat cats taking more money from the middle/lower class people I say. Do a little research people. Look into their charter papers. Look into the state & national laws/policies that govern them and you will see some gross ethical violations. You do realize that us the customer have a stake in the company(we are legal/lawful shareholders with the way the company is structured) and we can throw out everyone on the board if we chose to and they can't do nothing about it.
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      by agree on Mar 23, 2012 at 09:27 AM in reply to Stokes Resident
      They do have over half million dollars in the bank accounts and you would be surprised to whom is on the board. If government would come and see how it was run and managed they would shut it down. By far the worst tasting water i have ever tried to drink.
  • by Dirty Water Location: Pactolus on Mar 22, 2012 at 06:55 PM
    After calculating the increase of 1250 customers increase you will gain about $92,500. You may want to think about who you are hiring they must be getting a great salary. Increases may go up some but sounds like someone is going to get a heavy pocket. Who is that the Stokes Water Board?
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      by Stephen on Mar 23, 2012 at 08:30 AM in reply to Dirty Water
      The water tester only makes around minimum wage!! Can we say RIP OFF!!!
  • by Lee Location: Washington on Mar 22, 2012 at 06:43 PM
    I am on the Stokes water system. I am also upset that the only thing not going up is the pay we all make. I think we should turn things around. Instead of rasing everything lets lower everthing. I like the idea though about taking my laundry to a board members house to wash my clothes. Could someone please post the names and address of the board members so I will know where I can go.
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      by Lubba on Mar 23, 2012 at 04:36 AM in reply to Lee
      Thats a great idea, but under Hope and Change, you have to get used to paying more for everything.....
  • by charles Location: new bern on Mar 22, 2012 at 06:42 PM
    why test every day?
  • by moving Location: Pactolus on Mar 22, 2012 at 06:35 PM
    Why you paying someone to test the water everyday when you got to buy bottle water to drink (taste nasty can;t even drink it). Guess we all need to move to Bell Arthur where they're not trying to drown you in more debt. I agree with Highway Robbery on the Stokes Board hope they get a heart or give some of their riches to help people that are having it hard, wonder if they can sleep at night.
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      by Sam on Mar 22, 2012 at 06:51 PM in reply to moving
      You could go out to Black Jack or Clayroot.
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        by Dirty Water on Mar 22, 2012 at 07:12 PM in reply to Sam
        Got to be cheaper than this dramatic increase, trying to raise and feed kids not make someone rich and fat.
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