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Water rates unbearable for Carolina Forest area residents

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Pererie added, "With the economy being so tough nobody wants to spend a lot of money, but at the end of the month you have to pay your bills which are double." Pererie added, "With the economy being so tough nobody wants to spend a lot of money, but at the end of the month you have to pay your bills which are double."
Home and Business owners are speaking out about paying more for water. Home and Business owners are speaking out about paying more for water.

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Home and Business owners are speaking out about paying more for water. Conway City Administrator Bill Graham explains the recent decision was made at a budget retreat to leave the current water rates for "out-of-city" residents as they currently stand.

To change them would mean the "in-city" rates would go up forcing residents of the city of Conway to pay more.

But business owners like Irvin Pererie at "I See Pastries" says paying double in water bills is hurting his bottom line.

"There's a big volume that goes in and out all the time. Besides cleaning up, just a lot of water I use," Pererie explains.

Pererie added, "With the economy being so tough nobody wants to spend a lot of money, but at the end of the month you have to pay your bills which are double." And he is not the only one feeling the pinch.

Bradley Brown stated, "We're on a fixed income just like most of the people in this neighborhood, and it's right around $90 to $100 during the summer." Brown lives in Myrtle Beach National and he is one of the estimated 1,500 home and business owners who pay double for water.

The city of Conway said it all goes back to a contract with Grand Strand Water and Sewer to provide water to certain "out of city" districts. And with the recent decision to leave the rates as they are, some people are joining together to figure out what to do.

Chuck Rhome, the Carolina Forest Civic Association President said, "I know this is an uphill struggle. I know for a fact that we're going to have to go to our state legislators on board supporting our position to get some kind of change."

At a recent Carolina Forest Civic Association meeting, Rhome called for everyone to band together as a group to contact South Carolina legislators with the hopes of legislation being passed in their favor.

And some said it is a concern that affects everyone. Dennis DiSabato, Candidate for House District 56 said, "We've got two schools in that water district paying increased water rates to the city of Conway which means every taxpayer in the county is paying additional money for the operation of those Carolina Forest schools that are paying the increased water rates."

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