BY MELANIE BUCK –
Mena Water Utilities Commission met last week for their regular monthly meeting. During the management team report, Charles Pitman explained the annual retail water rate increase. Each year the increase is based on the Consumer Price Index and this year, rates were increased by 0.7%, equaling .02 cents per 1,000 gallons. Pitman said the average bill would increase approximately .11 cents per month.
Work is set to begin this week on the sludge pad that is being constructed at the Mena Sewer Plant. The sludge removal system is a new way to dispose of wastewater from the sewage ponds and are hoped to be complete before summer.
The next Mena Water Utility Commission meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 22, 2016 at 5 p.m. in the Mena Water Utility Board Room.