Water authority to discuss possible rate hikes, fluoride

Updated: 04/23/2014 1:24 PM | Created: 04/23/2014 1:14 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Authority plans to talk about two hot button issues during their Wednesday evening meeting.

First on the agenda: A proposed water rate increase for metro residents.

Rates could go up by about $3 dollars for most customers because people conserved more water than anticipated, and now, the authority needs more revenue to keep up with infrastructure costs.

A final decision isn't expected until the end of the month.

The water authority also wants to hear from community members about whether they should add fluoride to Albuquerque's drinking water.

In 2011, officials removed fluoride from drinking water. But the water authority is considering adding it again after a non-profit that serves low-income families raised concerns about the low levels of natural fluoride in the city's drinking water.

Some opponents worry there is a link between fluoride and cancer.

The meeting is open to the public and starts at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Water Authority customers who wish to comment on the issue are also invited to email their thoughts to

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