Q May a city either adjust citizensí water bills due to alleged issues with brown water or establish a program that would offer a credit on water bills in designated areas?

A No, a municipality may only reduce a utility bill that was unreasonably increased because of unforeseen circumstances and for which the customer did not receive the benefits of the utility service. There is no authority for a water bill to be reduced when the water has been tested and meets all E.P.A. requirements. The purchase of water filters by the city for use by its customers would be an unlawful donation that is prohibited by Section 66 of the Mississippi Constitution. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Amos, February 3, 2017)