Some Hilton Head residents face higher water bill

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Some Hilton Head Island residents will likely be paying more for their water and sewer due to dwindling water supply.

The South Island Public Service District is planning to increase rates by about $9 a month. Officials say they already lost one of their 13 wells to salt water intrusion and expect to lose more.

Officials say the rate at which saltwater is moving into the upper Floridian  Aquifer is accelerating much faster than anticipated and they want to take proactive measures.  The rate increases will help pay for $10.5 million worth of improvements.

The rate increase is expected to take effect in October.

The South Island Public Service district serves about 15,000 customers on the island.

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