Soft-wa­ter con­ver­sion, part of $70M plan, com­pleted

City tells cus­tomers to ad­just set­tings to re­flect new lev­els.

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - By Nick Bliz­zard Staff Writer

MIAMISBURG - The city of Miamisburg has com­pleted its wa­ter soft­en­ing process.

Miamisburg wa­ter cus­tomers who have soft­ener units are be­ing re­minded to ad­just their set­tings to re­flect a hard­ness level of seven grains per gal­lon, the city posted on Twit­ter.

Ques­tions can be di­rected to the Miamisburg Pub­lic Works Depart­ment at 937-847-6635.

The city be­gan pro­duc­ing soft wa­ter last fall as one of the last sig­nif­i­cant phases in a five-year, $70 mil­lion wa­ter and sewer sys­tem over­haul.

The $70 mil­lion plan was ap­proved in 2014 and is be­ing fi­nanced by a series of an­nual rate in­creases to the city’s es­ti­mated 7,800 cus­tomers. Many of the up­grades were man­dated by the Ohio En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, city of­fi­cials have said.

The last of the rate hikes went into ef­fect Sept. 1 and are sched­uled to be re­flected on Jan­uary cus­tomer bills, ac­cord­ing to the city. The lat­est in­crease would bring the av­er­age quar­terly wa­ter charges to $143.06 and sewer charges to $168.42, ac­cord­ing to the city.

Faced with pay­ing for EPA-re­quired fixes in re­cent years or giv­ing up its au­ton­omy on wa­ter and sewer ser­vice, coun­cil unan­i­mously passed the long-term plan and ap­proved the rate hikes in the 2014 af­ter dis­cussing the is­sue.

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