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      Mt. Pleasant passes 7.5 waterworks rate hike

      MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Mount Pleasant residents will be paying more for water service after Monday night's waterworks meeting.

      Committee members for Mount Pleasant Waterworks voted to approve a 7.5 percent rate increase. For the average customer, that would equate to nearly $4 per month.

      But there is some good news.

      General Manager Clay Duffie says the committee will vote to remove the committee will vote to remove the three-dollar special assessment fee added to customers' bills in 2010 for the Highway 17 relocation work.

      As a result, Duffie said customers will actually only see a dollar increase in their bills.

      The said the additional funds generated by the rate hike would go toward infrastructure improvements.

      "It includes renovations to our waste, water and treatment plant. It's about a half a year of construction and it's going to cost $13 million for that. We have $12 million in our budget for collection system improvements, so it's a number of those things relative to the infrastructure," Duffie said.

      If the new rate is approved, it would go into effect July 1.

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