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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.

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