Mississippi city to remove EPA fee from some water bills

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A special $5 Environmental Protection Agency fee in place since 2015 is coming off Vicksburg residential utility bills Oct. 1.

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – A special $5 Environmental Protection Agency fee in place since 2015 is coming off Vicksburg residential utility bills Oct. 1.

The Vicksburg Post reports commercial water customers will still have to pay the $8 EPA fee.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. says they’re removing the residential fee because the city has identified about $2 million in unpaid water use. Flaggs said Thursday if more money is found, they’ll remove the industry fee too.

The city’s Board of Alderman approved the EPA fee in April 2015 to help cover the potential cost of improvements to the city’s sewer system required under a consent decree approved in 2012 between the city and the EPA after an investigation found the city had allowed untreated sewage to get into local streams and the Mississippi River.

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