Mineral Wells water customers face large rate hike

Mineral Wells water customers are about to face a 60 percent rate increase.

With water resources depleted by an ongoing drought, the Mineral Wells City Council has unanimously approved the short-term water rate increase to support the installation of a temporary reverse osmosis water treatment plant.

City Manager Lance Howerton told the Mineral Wells Index that the large hike is an “onerous” but necessary increase to underwrite expenses for the $6 million plant that would process Brazos River water to supply to the city. Howerton said that without the treatment plant and no major inflow from Lake Palo Pinto, the water supply would last until about July, he said.

The lake sits at just 9.4 percent capacity, down nearly 20 feet.

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