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Water Bill Surcharge Weighed

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BOSTON (CBS) – Will Massachusetts residents see an increase in their water bills?

A proposal has been floated that would allow the state to charge $0.01 for every 10 gallons of water a person or business uses.

The surcharge would spell an average increase of about $50 a year for every customer.

It would bring in around $230 million a year, money that could be used to fix a crumbling infrastructure.

“We are talking $10 billion in water infrastructure,” said State Senator James Eldridge, who is on a committee exploring ways to raise money to close the funding gap for necessary repairs and maintenance.

“We are approaching a crisis.”

The money would also go toward helping communities pay for water infrastructure projects.

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