With mandatory water upgrades yet to be completed and water conservation a top priority, city officials in Phoenix approved a water rate increase to begin in April.
According to reports, the possible hike in water bills has been a hot topic among Phoenix residents, who have already experienced a rise in food taxes and other city fees this year.
Despite the jump in water rates, the Arizona Republic reports they may decrease in the fall if the city is able to reduce its water management budget by not hiring new workers.
Skip Rimsza, the former Phoenix mayor, told the news source he understands why many are worried about the rate increase, but that it should help the city financially for the next few years.
"Today, if we all accept a small increase, long term, I think we can protect ourselves from larger increases and minimize any future increases," Rimsza told the paper.
Water service officials told KSAZ-TV besides the mandated water system upgrades, the city's plumbing infrastructure is in great need of renovations, which can soon be made with the money from the tax increases.