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Emergency hearing to address water district rate increase

January 24, 2018

INEZ, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold an emergency hearing to discuss proposed rate increases for a troubled Kentucky water district.

WYMT-TV reports the Friday morning hearing in Frankfort will discuss the proposed 49.5 percent increase in rates for Martin County Water District customers, announced earlier this month.

The water district began shutting off water service every night in the second week of January, but around 1,000 people in Martin County were left without running water altogether for several days this month. Customers have also complained about persistent low water pressure and dirty water.

The eastern Kentucky water district has blamed the problems on a decrease in customers and the corresponding loss in revenue for infrastructure repairs.

Customers opposed to the rate increase can write to the Public Service Commission.

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Information from: WYMT-TV, http://www.wymt.com/

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