Water Rate Increase

If you live in Dothan and opened your utility bill for this month, you may have gotten a shock.

Back in April, News 4 told you that the Dothan City Commission voted to increase water rates, but the impact of that increase is just becoming a reality.

Many residents have discovered as mush as a $40 or $50 increase in water expenses this month.

The average Dothan resident uses less than 10,000 gallons of water, but their water rates increased anywhere from 60 to 70 percent.

We first told you about the new rates as soon as the commission began the discussion about raising them, but many people still said they were surprised when they opened this month’s utility bill and saw how much more they were paying.

Also, if you are watering your lawn more, your rates will have increased even more. If you use less than 20,000 gallons to water your lawn, the rate is $1.45 per 1,000 gallons. If you use more than 20,000, your rate goes up to $1.95 per 1,000 gallons.

City officials said rates have not been increased since 1986 and that the current increase is necessary to cover the cost of operations.