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As Water Becomes More Scarce, For Some It Becomes More Expensive

People using Clyde city water will see their water bill get more expensive during the next three months.
In a place that's rich in oil, the real liquid gold comes right out of your sink.

"We're in the middle of a long lasting drought and waters always going to be a great concern for us," said Koy Young, who's lived in Clyde for the past 38 years.

At least that's how priceless water has become in Clyde.

Levels in Lake Clyde have gotten so low, city personnel are purchasing water from another lake, Lake Fort Phantom, to compensate.

"This was the solution that was available to the city of Clyde," said Keith Selman, the city administrator for the city of Clyde.

But it comes with a $10 million price tag.

Meaning people using Clyde city water will see their water bill get more expensive during the next three months.

"I find it almost a travesty to the citizens of Clyde," said Young.

That's a price some like Young just dot want to have to pay.

"There is little to no warning that the rates were going to spike," he said.

Not only will it affect his budget, it'll also affect his garden.

"This will deter people from you know watering more you know for their gardens and yards and actually make the community look worse," said Young.

But city personnel say its the only option.

"For the short term long term foreseeable and not foreseeable future of the city of Clyde," said Selman.

Although the higher price may not be as permanent.

"The anticipation is that rates will come down once the raw water is delivered to the city of Clyde and to our water treatment plant," said Selman.

That's not much comfort for young, whose frustrations are only getting higher.

"Probably like 2 1/2 times like the increase of the water," he said.

He'll have to learn to use his water more wisely, as it grows more precious by the minute.
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