An ongoing controversy about water rates sparked a lively discussion between Slatington Borough Council members at last night's monthly meeting.

Councilwoman Kris Burek was met with disagreement from several council members when she made a motion to bill landlords and single residential owners the same way for water.

Currently, landlords pay for water by the gallon. If an apartment is vacant and no water is used, there is no water charge, whereas single residential owners pay a minimum water rate for water usage regardless of how much water is actually used.

Burek also proposed a quarterly reduction in water rates that would amount to $23 for water and $27 for sewer.

Councilman Bryon Reed asked to hold off the motion until the council could discuss it further. Burek said this has been a matter of discussion for years and it was time to have it resolved.

Despite protests from the public, the motion was not seconded and had to be tabled.