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City of Carthage to buy more water from Hamilton, bills going up

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CARTHAGE, Ill. (WGEM) -

This summer's drought is still impacting residents in some tri-state towns tonight.

Increasingly low water levels in Lake Carthage are forcing the city to buy three times the amount of water it normally gets from Hamilton.

And, residents in Carthage and Elvaston are left to foot the bill.

Carthage Mayor Jim Nightingale says he has no choice but to put an additional surcharge on water bills for at least the next four months because the summer drought that left such a shortage.

"Five dollars when you are on a fixed income and I am a widow and I pay my water bill every two months and that adds up," said Pat Shore.

Carthage resident Pat Shore said she understands why the surcharge is being implanted, but says it will still hurt her pocketbook.

Carthage Mayor Jim Nightingale said the water bill surcharge is the only option at this point.

"We don't want to be taking tax money and putting it into a water and sewer system," said Nightingale. 

Nightingale said the minimal water user will see a five dollar increase on each bill and the average family will see a twenty dollar spike for at least four months.

Nightingale says the city of Hamilton is giving them a 32 cent discount on each gallon.

"They give us what we wanted without any problem. Of course they got a fairly new modern plant and of course they can furnish the water and they got a good supply from the Mississippi River and it's good water," said Nightingale.  

Carthage City Council will vote Tuesday night on whether to buy more water from Hamilton.

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