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Mire residents concerned about water bill hikes

Posted at 7:11 PM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 20:11:24-05

Residents in Mire are concerned after their water bills have doubled and tripled in recent months. The Mire-Branch Water Company says water bill hikes are common and due to leaks.

"I knew I didn't have a water leak, and I never called a plumber, there was nothing to fix."

Amanda Thornhill says last month she received a water bill for more than $170...five times the amount of her usual bill.

"Normally my bill averages from $30-$50, I have been with the company many years. This month it was $173," said Thornhill.

She called the water company, who told her she has a leak somewhere.

"They are just dead set that I have a leak," she said.

This month, Thornhill said her bill went down in price again, without fixing anything.

"The fact that the bill went down just 30 days later says a lot."

A representative for Mire-Branch Water Corporation declined to go on camera, but said unknown leaks are very common, and they work with the customer to solve the issue.