According to Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham, it was found the usage adjustments are for 50 percent.
One laundromat subject to the adjustments is Adamson's Cleaners.
Mark Adamson was on hand to give insight into the matter.
"My understanding was that my dad and Norval Pickett had a gentleman's agreement, probably 30 years ago, they met at the Blue Bonnet," Adamson said. "I never saw anything in writing; I don't think there was ever anything in writing. But I know it would be disastrous to our business if we lose that, because our water is the single most expense that we have."
Adamson said his business has a catch basin that catches solids that come from the washers, so when the water goes into the sewer system it is relatively pure and around 3-5 percent of the water is lost during the drying.
Wyndham added that really isn't a factor.
"Well the thing about it going into the sewer system, you need to understand," Wyndham said. "When that (water) goes into the sewer system, it goes to the wastewater collection, so it's all co-mingled with any sewer water, so it still all hits that treatment plant down there.
"Whether it's ... more contaminated or less contaminated it really doesn't (matter)."
Adamson said if he were to lose the adjustments flat out, at one time, his business would have to close.
"We're certainly not wanting to do anything that would cause you to close your doors," Wyndham said. "But, even with that being said, we also have to justify to our citizens out here why we would be giving that kind of a rate adjustment when ... in essence everybody loses 3-5 percent in the drying at home."
Adamson responded, "I think the larger volume users ought to be able to get a discount. In any business when you buy supplies for your business you buy so much you're going to get a discount."
Wyndham added there was some merit to that statement, but it's a question of how much of a discount.
Wyndham said the board wasn't going to make a decision right away, but added it would look into ways to solve the problem, which include possibly bringing the rate down in a tiered fashion.
The Board of Public Work and Safety will meet again for a special meeting March 19, at 10 a.m., in Brazil City Hall.
The board typically meets the second and fourth Wednesday, at 10 a.m., in Brazil City Hall.