The Orrick City Council has approved an increase in water rates.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with City Clerk Tricia Wartenbee:

Tricia Wartenbee

Wartenbee said this was necessary because their supplier, Ray County Water District Number 2, raised its costs, effective in May.  The first 1,000 gallons of water has increased from eight to ten dollars, and every thousand after that was raised from $6.25 to $8.25.  

The change will be reflected in the bills sent out in June.  Council held a public hearing on Tuesday, then took a vote and approved the change.  Wartenbee said the City has not received any complaints from its residents.  About 344 homes and businesses will be affected by the increase.