Share This Page

ICV Water Authority announces rate increase

| Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

The Indian Creek Valley Water Authority has decided to increase the water bills of its residential customers by 10 cents per hundred gallons used each month.

Authority Manager Kerry Witt said, for the average customer, that would be approximately $2.50 more per month.

The motion was recommended by Witt because of a costly project the authority is required to do at the Mill Run Reservoir Bridge.

In August, the board had passed a motion that would allow Witt to take action toward securing a loan from First National Bank at a rate of 2.49 percent for five years. The loan will help pay the cost of relocating the water line near the Mill Run Reservoir Bridge, which will be replaced by PennDOT.

Witt said that although PennDOT will share in the cost of relocating the water line in the project area, the authority's share (about 40 percent) would be approximately $250,000, which could end up costing customers about $1 or $2 more a month.

Witt said this week that the contractor has not yet begun relocating the line.

“He's been busy with other projects and hasn't been able to get to it, but he has until March 31 to have it complete and it will probably only be a three- or four-week project.” Witt added that they are also monitoring the Indian Head Bridge project. The lane is now open for any traffic, including vehicles over 6 ton. “The light slows things down a bit, but we are able to now run our service trucks and excavation equipment across it.”

The board also passed its annual budget, which will include a few small projects, including upgrades to the authority's SCADA system that monitors the distribution system, like tank levels, pump control and water quality.

Revenues for 2013 were budgeted at $1,921,000, while expenses were budgeted at $1,688,000.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.