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Mayor asks Hoxie residents to conserve water

HOXIE, AR (KAIT) – The city of Hoxie is offering water meter reading clinics for residents to educate them about water usage.

Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker said he doesn't anticipate the cost of water decreasing, and has asked citizens of Hoxie to conserve the best they can.

When Hoxie joined Northeast Arkansas Regional Water the cost of water for the city went up, causing bills for residents to go up too. Water meter clinics have been scheduled for the community in an effort to help.

"We can teach them water conservation and how to read their meter," said Tinker. We'll discuss those situations where water goes through your meter and causes your bill to go up."

Mayor Tinker along with Water Superintendent Danial Hackworth will show residents ways to conserve water and focus on situations where water loss happen the most.

"Most of the water loss comes from the toilet," said Tinker. "We're going to actually set up a mock toilet situation to show them where water loss can occur."

A high water bill can be the result of many different issues.

"It's important that people understand water events that are going on in their home, how to read your water meter and to go out and check it ever once in awhile," said Tinker. "There are some personal responsibilities that home owners have to be aware of and that's the reason we are doing these seminars.

Tinker said water meters should be replaced after ten years. Left over grant money that helped fix the city's sewage issues will be used to purchase new meters for residence.

"We will be looking at funds we have left over that are already designated for water meter replacement," he said. "We'll see what percentage of those water meters we can replace in the next three months."

Clinics are scheduled for June 10th and July 8th from noon to 1p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. in the city hall conference room.

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