2015 wa­ter and sewer rates de­signed to re­ward con­servers

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Some New­ton County Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Author­ity (NCSWA) users will have lower rates start­ing July 1.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the NCSWA, the rate change is in re­sponse to the eco­nomic times, and ad­dresses a ma­jor con­cern voiced by its se­nior and fixed-in­come cus­tomers through­out the years.

The NCSWA’s “min­i­mum bill” will be phased out in fa­vor of a base charge. That means that cus­tomers will be charged for ev­ery thou­sand gal­lons con­sumed.

An­other clar­i­fi­ca­tion of the rate struc­ture is the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a base charge, which all mem­bers will pay based on their me­ter size.

“While no one is fond of price in­creases, we must con­tinue our mis­sion of pro­tect­ing pub­lic health by de­liv­er­ing safe and re­li­able drink­ing wa­ter at a com­pet­i­tive rate, im­prov­ing pub­lic safety with more ac­ces­si­ble fire pro­tec­tion and pro­tect­ing com­mu­nity wa­ter­ways and streams through ef­fi­cient waste­water treat­ment,” NCWSA Di­rec­tor Mike Hop­kins said. “To re­duce the fi­nan­cial im­pact on NCWSA cus­tomers, we are con­tin­u­ing a pol­icy of mak­ing mod­est rate ad­just­ments each fis­cal year as com­pared to larger “one-time” ad­just­ments that would have a greater im­pact to the ma­jor­ity of the author­ity’s cus­tomers.”

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