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Water Rates in St. Michaels May Increase

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St Michaels, Md.- The town of St Michaels is considering raising the water rates in the town by 20 percent to pay for maintenance needed on their water towers.

Town manager Jean Weisman says this is the first water rate increase in seven years, and it's only going up by six dollars and eighty two cents per quarter at the minimum.  She says that money will go directly into a six year maintenance contract the town wants to enter, at the cost of approximately 400,000 dollars over that time.  Weisman says the north water tower is the first target.

"They'll be draining it and cleaning up the interior.  Sandblasting and painting new coatings on the interior, and they'll also be adding mixers into the tower to improve water quality."

St Michaels has had a problem with high levels of arsenic in their water in the past, at 12 parts per billion, just two parts per billion over the recommended maximum.  Weisman says the town was able to find and fix the cause of that problem.  She emphasizes this maintenance on the water towers is strictly due to wear-and-tear. 

The town will take only one tower offline at a time for the interior maintenance work, and will do it during the off season so as to not inconvenience people living in the town.

The St Michaels town commissioners are expected to vote on whether or not to approve this rate increase in their meeting on October 9th.

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