Nashville considers water rate hike to fix aging infrastructure

Nov 13, 2019



While the cost for Nashville to operate its water and sewer systems has gone up 30% in the past decade, rates have not changed since 2011. 

That's likely to change starting next year. 

Nashville is considering a multi-year rate hike at the urging of Metro Water Services and the state — which has put the city on an "end-of-year notice" to raise rates — setting the stage for an increase by January. 

The state has grown increasingly concerned about the city's finances and its "financially distressed" water department. Without a rate increase in nearly a decade, Metro's ability to pay for its aging infrastructure and cover its operations has been on a steady decline.

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