The article below is an opinion piece from this week's "Creative Loafing," Atlanta's "alternative" newspaper. It discusses Atlanta's ridiculously high water rates, caused by the need to update the city's hydraulic infrastructure, especially the sewer system. While it seems faulty water meters are at least partially to blame, the city has been slow to act when it comes to addressing water customers' concerns.
According to a study posted on CNN.com, Atlanta has the highest water rates of any major city in the US. California's major cities also make the list, with Los Angeles ranking as the 6th most expensive, San Diego 4th, and San Francisco 10th. You can also find CNN's investigative report into Atlanta's water rates at this website.
My apartment includes water in the rent, so I have yet to pay a water bill in Atlanta, but I've heard horror stories. Anyone have experiences to share?