Capital Region Water will present proposed 2021 drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater budgets and rates to the Board of Directors for consideration during a public meeting beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2020.
“Staff looks forward to presenting a budget with the resources to ensure safe and reliable services for our community,” said Capital Region Water CEO Charlotte Katzenmoyer. “While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has presented some uncertainties, Capital Region Water strives to balance systemwide infrastructure improvements with the affordability challenges facing many of our customers.”
The 2021 proposed budget priorities and initiatives include:
- Finalization of the Long-Term Control Plan with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to improve local water quality;
- Investment in critical infrastructure including $13 million in capital improvement projects for the drinking water system, $19 million in capital improvement projects for the wastewater system, and almost $3 million in green stormwater infrastructure improvements;
- Expansion of a Customer Assistance Program; and
- Partnership to continue wastewater testing for COVID-19.
As a municipal authority, Capital Region Water does not earn a profit and invests its revenue into operating and improving the Harrisburg area’s water systems.
Capital Region Water’s Board of Directors will meet virtually for the Special Board Meeting. Customers are encouraged to attend and provide comments. Meeting details can be found at https://capitalregionwater.com/meetings-reports/. The Board of Directors is scheduled to approve 2021 budgets and rates at their Regular Meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24.