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Hillsborough water customers continue to complain of stinky water and high bills

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The stinky, cloudy water is bad enough. But East Lake residents, near Tampa's Hard Rock Casino, say their water bills are out of control and going up. The stinky, cloudy water is bad enough. But East Lake residents, near Tampa's Hard Rock Casino, say their water bills are out of control and going up.
The stinky, cloudy water is bad enough. But East Lake residents, near Tampa's Hard Rock Casino, say their water bills are out of control and going up. The stinky, cloudy water is bad enough. But East Lake residents, near Tampa's Hard Rock Casino, say their water bills are out of control and going up.
The stinky, cloudy water is bad enough. But East Lake residents, near Tampa's Hard Rock Casino, say their water bills are out of control and going up. The stinky, cloudy water is bad enough. But East Lake residents, near Tampa's Hard Rock Casino, say their water bills are out of control and going up.
The stinky, cloudy water is bad enough. But East Lake residents, near Tampa's Hard Rock Casino, say their water bills are out of control and going up. The stinky, cloudy water is bad enough. But East Lake residents, near Tampa's Hard Rock Casino, say their water bills are out of control and going up.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - The stinky, cloudy water is bad enough. But East Lake residents, near Tampa's Hard Rock Casino, say their water bills are out of control and going up.

Tonia Hammond is so fed up with the private water company, Pluris American Infrastructure, that she posted sings on her fence in protest. She says her bill started to skyrocket after she publicly complained about her water quality to the Hillsborough County Commission. Her bill in July was $173.86. And her water quality, she says, is still poor.

"I want to be on county water," Hammond said. "I want fairness, too."

She's not the only one complaining. The water in Tampa's East Lake neighborhood smells so bad - and the cloudy chunks are so gross - that Hillsborough County voted months ago to take legal action so it can take over. But even though the county didn't renew the franchise agreement for Pluris, forcing a sale is proving difficult.

Pluris and the county could not agree on a price, so the county commission in June voted to get tougher, legally. The county could force a sale using eminent domain.

The county is following a strict legal process to buy the east lake utility. County officials are reviewing appraisals and expect to send written offers to Pluris within the next couple of weeks. Depending on the Court's docket, the court hearing for the order of taking typically occurs 60-75 days from the date of filing the eminent domain lawsuit.

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