CITING INCREASED PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS CAPITAL REGION WATER CONSIDERS 9.7% WATER RATE INCREASE FOR 2016 NO CHANGE TO SEWER RATES
HARRISBURG (November 13, 2016) – Next Wednesday, Capital Region Water’s Board of Directors will consider 2016 Budgets including necessary adjustments to water and sewer rates at their November Board Meeting.
Under the proposed budgets and rate calculations, sewer rates for 2016 would remain at $6.05 per 1,000 gallons while drinking water rates would increase 9.7%. The volume charge for drinking water would increase from $7.18 to $7.88 per 1,000 gallons. Ready to Serve charges would also increase by 9.7%. These changes will result in an increase of $3.70 per month for a typical residential customer consuming 4,500 gallons / month.
“We don’t take rate increases lightly, and our Board of Directors is sensitive to the burdens already placed on the people and places we serve, but the systems that our customers rely on to deliver safe drinking water every day and to clean wastewater before it reaches the Susquehanna River were long ignored,” said Capital Region Water CEO Shannon Williams.
“After years of deferred maintenance and lack of investment into our drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems, we continue to build up to necessary staffing levels and to make long overdue improvements to our aging infrastructure to prevent the even higher costs of failure.”
Major 2016 drinking water system investments include lining and rehabilitating one of three finished water storage tanks ($800,000), improving the DeHart Dam complex ($645,000), making repairs to the raw water transmission line ($500,000), and replacing aging water mains ($500,000). Water operating expenses are proposed to increase in 2016 to hire additional field and support staff and to fill a long-vacant manager position.
Major wastewater system improvements include a wastewater plant screening project ($4,000,000), Front Street Pump Station improvement project ($3,400,000), stormwater and combined sewer overflow compliance projects ($2,175,000), and Paxton Creek Interceptor rehabilitation ($1,700,000). A nearly $50 million upgrade of the Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility, financed in 2014, will also be completed in 2016.
Draft rates and information about capital projects can be found online under “Engineering Reports” at: //capitalregionwater.com/investor-kit
The Board of Directors will vote on 2016 budgets and rates on Wednesday, November 18th at 6PM on the first floor of 212 Locust Street. Customers are encouraged to attend, ask questions and comment.