Citizens of Martin County have been troubled for years by issues regarding drinking water. They are requesting for rate hikes to stop, as their bills are among the highest in the state, despite low income. Numerous households face pressure and discoloration issues.

A recent report states that the 4,300 homes in the county cannot afford the price of necessary improvements to the water system. Around 44% of the residencies live on a below-$25,000 yearly income. However, rates in the county have increased twice during 2018, increasing the monthly cost by approximately $14.

The report Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center released says that, according to Environmental Protection Agency standards, the price is too steep for nearly half of the population.

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