Water rate increase good

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 3, 2006

To a novice, a 38-year-old sewage treatment plant may seem like it is hitting its prime.

However, consulting engineer, Ray Hogg explained Monday at the Striplin Performing Arts Center, where officials introduced the

newly-increased rates, that the system is past its prime.

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As a matter of fact, most sewage treatment plants have an average expectancy of 20 to 25 years. Without backup generators and other improvements that need to be done, Selma’s water plant seems to be in dire straits.

The increase will be substantial to some, and others will continue to write their checks without blinking. All depends on the incomes of those served by the system.

The fact is, according to the officials, something has to be done.

It needs to be done now rather than later, when the result of waiting would only cost the city more. Already, more than $5 million worth of improvements have been identified.

The money to make these improvements is coming from the people who use the water and sewage system, which makes sense.

The increase for residents’ water bills will be fine as long as the money goes where it is supposed to and the improvements are made, while simultaneously keeping Selma’s water safe.

If another increase is necessary later down the road, it’s important that the officials keep the residents informed.

Selma’s water doesn’t have to be the cheapest, we just want the safest.