Higher water bills for some residents

Some panhandle residents are concerned because their water bills are getting more and more expensive.

Residents from the San Jose Community in Hereford say their water bills are currently ranging between $65.00 and $100.00 dollars.

Isabel Garcia says, "We pay quite a bit. And we're considered a low income community. And we don't understand why we're paying double what the city of Hereford is paying. We don't see none of the paperwork. We don't see the rates, how the bill is structured. I've asked for proof, and the water board refuses to show me anything. And I understand it's public too."

Starting next week San Jose residents are going to have to come up with another $20.00 dollars a month for their water bill.

And Leroy Lamas says, "My water bill is ridiculous. You know, we don't even use that much. And when it comes down to her to check them, they don't even check them. They don't go into the alleys. They don't check our meters."

Garcia says, "We want to know why is it going to be so high. What repairs are going to be made, and we want to look at paper work. We want to look at proof as far as, you know, all the costs."

This community has its own water district. Officials with the Deaf Smith Fresh Water Supply chose not to explain what's going on in front of the camera, but they say the money from the increase will go toward maintaining its outdated lift station. They say they're working with the state to replace it in the future.

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.