The Union Recorder

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July 18, 2013

Newer meters might increase county water bills



• Pipe upgrades

Old two-inch galvanized water lines located under 69 or so county roads demand attention.

“All the galvanized two-inch pipes are corroded and leaking,” Kidd said. “We fix one leak, and we have to go back one week later and fix another.”

“If we aren’t fixing it, we are losing water and revenue.”

These old, out-of-date lines exist under some of the poorest conditioned county roads.

Road resurfacing and fixed pipes usually come together.

Kidd plans to replace the galvanized with six inch PVC water lines to improve the integrity of the system. During this process, workers will renew the service lines and replace old water meters.

“There are certain roads where we have a galvanized line under the road, but we also have a PVC on the shoulder of the road we can tap into to cut that galvanized line off,” Hall said. “That would be a simple fix rather than replacing the whole line.”

Seventeen of these galvanized lines can be rerouted to the better PVC lines already in place.  

• Rates as of July 1

County water users have new water rates as of July 1, 2013.

The minimum water bill between 0 to 3,000 gallons is $19, while the sewage bill for the same level is $13.50.

A conservation rate charges more per thousand gallons once people go more than 3,000 gallons.

“We want people to conserve water,” Kidd said. 

• 3,001-5,000 gallons is $4.50 per 1,000/gal

• 5,001-10,000 gallons is $5.05 per 1,000/gal

• 10,001-20,000 gallons is $5.60 per 1,000/gal

• 20,001-50,000 gallons is $6.15 per 1,000/gal

• Over 50,001 gallons is $6.70 per 1,000/gal

Kidd said the department will work with people off payment plans to keep their water on.

• Bad debt collection

Kidd said lowering bad debt each month by turning over delinquent accounts to debt collection after final billing at the end of each month is a goal.

“We are going to start each month collecting faster. Hopefully, we will gain some of this money back that is owed to us. Debt collection is working for us, but you can’t see it,” Kidd said Tuesday.

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