MERIDIAN, Miss. — A Mississippi city is increasing its water and sewer rates to make federally mandated improvements.

Local news outlets report that the Meridian City Council on Tuesday approved a 10 percent rate increase for the new budget year that begins Oct. 1.

The new revenue will help pay for almost $100 million in upgrades that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requiring for the city’s water and sewer systems.

Mayor Percy Bland says the improvements have been needed for a while. City officials will meet with the EPA in late September to find out if the improvements can be made over 20 years or more.