For decades, MLGW rates didn’t keep up with inflation. Now it’s trying to make up for lost time

By , Daily Memphian Updated: November 21, 2023 6:28 PM CT | Published: November 21, 2023 3:54 PM CT

MLGW’s CEO said the utility has operated with a “run to fail” mindset, meaning it only fixes what’s broken, and there haven’t been regular investments in MLGW’s infrastructure for decades.


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Keely Brewer

Keely Brewer

Keely Brewer is a Report for America corps member covering environmental impacts on communities of color in Memphis. She is working in partnership with the Ag & Water Desk, a sustainable reporting network aimed at telling water and agriculture stories across the Mississippi River Basin.


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