Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Clark County residents may have to dig a little deeper in their pockets soon. That is because their water bills could be going up.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority is considering a hike of more than 14% for everyone by 2017. They said the money is needed to pay off their current debts and to maintain the infrastructure already in place.
The water authority said new development usually offsets the cost of maintaining the pipes and infrastructure.
In the past, new development brought in as much as $160 million per year. But once the economy crashed and growth in the Valley slowed, the water authority was only receiving about $3 million per year.
That's why they said they are going to be increasing the rate so everyone across the county will be paying their share to maintain the water lines.
Commissioner Steve Sisolak, who oversees the board, said if they delay this increase any longer, it could end up costing everyone even more.
The rates wouldn't go into effect right away. They would increase year to year by 2017. The average homeowner would see their bill increase a dollar or two every year.
The water authority will vote on the increase later this month.