MDC looking to raise water rates for several communities in the state

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Residents angry, frustrated, and they didn’t hide it as they spoke to the Metropolitan District Commission at the public hearing Wednesday night. 

This year MDC wants to raise water bills by 11%, and taxes by 1 to 4%.

MDC supply’s water to eight cities and towns around Hartford. Senator Beth Bye from West Hartford says these increases will make MDC the most expensive water company in Connecticut. She believes they need to tighten their belts and find savings, not raise rates. Townspeople agree.

Hyacinth Yennie lives in Hartford and as a leader in her neighborhood.

“That is really out of control really! Really! The cost of water just keeps going up and up!”

MDC says raising the rates is necessary to update an outdated system.

Hyacinth Yennie understands but says enough is enough!

“It is a good job that they are doing. However it seems like there is a lot of mismanagement when it comes to funding, and that’s what happens when you don’t have a watchdog over these people to make sure they’re using your money right.”

MDC is expected to adopt next year’s budget on December 10, which will include a 13% increase to spending.

According to the MDC’s website, the organization was chartered by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1929.  

The MDC provides water supply and wastewater control to Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill, West Hartford, Wethersfield and Windsor. They also provide drinking water to portions of Farmington, Glastonbury, East Granby and South Windsor. 

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