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The water woes that's gripping the City of Shreveport are getting even more attention these days. The city's crumbling water and sewage infrastructure was front and center at the Mayor Cedric Glover's latest town hall meeting at Riverview hall. Over 50 people attended the meeting and heard first hand how the federal government has stepped in and is forcing the city to fix it's water and sewage problem. This was the last of three public meetings the Mayor held to discuss the 2011 bond issue. The main topic was the Department of Justice consent decree that's giving the city twelve years to repair it's crumbling water and sewerage systems. But with those repairs come a proposed increase to water rates that's not sitting too well with residents. "Well my main concern is with senior citizens who are on a fix income, who probably can't afford another increase, and they should not have to make a decision between groceries and medicine," said Shreveport resident Johnnie Belk. The city estimates it'll cost over 350-million dollars to repair the faulty infrastructure, in addition the money that goes to pay fines to the Environmental Protection Agency when there's a sewer back up in the city.

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