Ocean Springs Residents Will Soon See Higher Water Bills

Ocean Springs residents can expect to pay more for water service beginning October 1st.

The board of aldermen is considering a rate hike that would cost residents an average of $3 a month more. The city's new fiscal year begins the first of October.

Mayor Seren Ainsworth says the higher rate will help pay for improvements in city water service.

"The two elevated water tanks that we did, the trunk lines, a lot of the utility lines we have done, improved, enlarged, looped. All this helps with the water pressure and the water volume," Mayor Ainsworth said.

The rate increase will be on an escalating scale for homes and businesses that use large amounts of water.