PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - The Prichard Water Board could soon be taken over by the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System.
A bill passed this week that would allow voters to decide on the matter.
Prichard resident Severia Morris supports a takeover because she hopes it will lower her water bill.
"We are paying outrageous water rates. It is outrageous just to have water and water is a necessity, and what we have to pay is impossible," said Morris.
The Prichard Water Board said lower bills are not guaranteed.
However, Senator Vivian Davis Figures said if a takeover does happen, she will hold the appropriate people responsible.
"I intend to make sure MAWSS will keep its word to lower these rates as well as [provide] better service to the customers," said Figures.
Voters must now make the final decision, and Morris said she will be out as much as possible going to door to door to make sure people know what is happening.
"We are going to stay on the battlefield. We are going to educate the citizens of Prichard Alabama," said Morris.
The executive director of MAWSS did comment on the matter Friday.
"You can't be any more democratic than that - to allow the voters to decide. I hope it passes, but it is left up the voters," said director Malcolm Steeves.
Meanwhile, Morris hopes enough people will be in favor of the takeover and go to the polls.
"If they don't, we will remain in the same oppressive position we are in now," said Morris.
The Prichard Water Board meets Monday at 4:30 p.m.
Board attorney, Willie Huntley, said members are not commenting on the matter until after that meeting.
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