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Iberia residents upset over increase in sewer bills

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Several residents showed up at today's meeting of the board that oversees Sewerage District No. 1 in Iberia Parish. 

They tell us they're upset about increases in their bills; some have seen big increases. There wasn't any warning, which is hard when the economy is not good, residents say. 

"It's very disconcerting in the economy we're in now, it came out of the blue. No one sent us a letter," said resident Kyla Magar.

Magar said she was disappointed that, while officials said the figures might be wrong, the board decided to wait a year before checking them again and making a decision. 

"These families who showed up today, they can't wait a year," she said. "If after a year it falls in our favor, are they sending us a refund?" 

Magar said she, like most other residents who showed up at today's meeting, is leaving with more questions than answers. 

According to the district's website:

Residential customers pay a flat rate of $44.00 per month, while metered commercial customers pay $30.00 with a sliding rate depending upon water usage. The basic fee includes the first 2,000 gallons of water used; once a customer's usage exceeds 2,000 gallons of water, it costs an additional $7.50 for each 1,000 gallons of water used. 

Unmetered commercial customers pay a fixed rate of $60.00 monthly. Some businesses near the Port of Iberia pay a higher monthly fee because of lift stations required in that area.

State law gives the board the authority to set rates for water and sewerage usage and requires the board to ensure that it collects enough money to pay for providing the water and treating the sewerage. 

The district is responsible for the maintenance of more than 80 miles of sewer line and has more than 3,500 residential and commercial customers throughout the parish, according to its website.

Most of the district’s sewerage flows to a central treatment plant, located at Cotton Street. In addition, the district has 82 pump stations throughout the collection system to facilitate the flow of sewerage over longer distances. Portions of the district in the southern sections of the parish flow into a wastewater treatment plant on Admiral Doyle Drive that is solely owned and operated by the City of New Iberia, the website states.

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