Hannibal residents have seen a spike in their water, sewer and electric bills since this summer.
Officials say the extra money is needed to renovate their deteriorating facilities.
Saturday, Hannibal residents got a chance to tour Hannibal's wastewater and water treatments plants as a part of Public Utilities Week to see some of the issues and plans to fix them.
Hannibal Board of Public Works Director of Operations Heath Hall says the wastewater treatment plant was built in 1981 and after more than 30 years, much of the equipment is on its last leg.
"Sewer gas has deteriorated the electrical copper wiring, the mechanical gear is deteriorating as well and it's kind of all happening at the same time and we need to replace several million dollars worth of it," said Hall.
Hall says they need to update other old equipment in the water treatment plant as well.
The other half of the project will be to make necessary changes to comply with new EPA standards, like updating their disinfection system.
Altogether, Hall says the project has a $23 million price tag.
The project is funded through bonds and extra revenue collected from the 4% increase in water and sewer rates and a 3% electric rate hike on residents.
Residents like Kathy Bojannon were on Saturday's tour and Bojannon says based on what she saw, she says BPW needs the money.
"I didn't realize it went back so many years parts of it, but what they're planning and the regulations that they are going to have to meet, the new facility parts they'll need. They'll need that money," said Bojannon.
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