Thursday, December 13, 2018
Northwestern Water and Sewer District Announces 2019 Rates and 2019 Budget
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s (The District) Board of Trustees today passed a resolution adjusting rates to cover the cost of water and sewer services in 2019. District wastewater rates will only increase by 1.76% and water rates will slightly increase by 2.2%.
The average family of four using 7,500 gallons of water per month (1,000 cubic feet) will see an additional charge of $.81 for The District water charge and an additional charge of $.85 for the District sewer. This adjustment is in addition to possible increases from the cities that provide water or sewer treatment.
“The District reviews its rates annually to make sure we can cover the costs of providing our services,” said District Board of Trustees Chairman Mark Sheffer.
Sheffer added, “In 2018, The District was able to reduce future costs through reviewing utility contracts and implementing environmentally friendly practices for biosolid waste at our sewer facilities. These cost-cutting measures will be fully implemented next year, allowing us to keep our rate increase extremely low.”
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The Board of Trustees also approved the 2019 budget today. The budget will fund 27 water and 30 sewer replacement projects across the region. Some of the projects include a new elevated water tank to serve Walbridge, Rossford, parts of Northwood, and in townships northern Wood County, and the continued construction of a new water reclamation facility and water plant improvements in the Village of McComb. The total capital investment adds up to approximately $32 million in Wood and Hancock counties.
The District serves 19,800 water and sewer customers in Wood, Hancock & Sandusky counties. With over $230 million in assets, The District maintains over 440 miles of water distribution pipe, 8 water towers, and over 3,800 fire hydrants. Sewer maintenance includes 355 miles of collection pipe, 12 wastewater treatment facilities, and over 5,000 manholes.
Our goal is to be the premier water and wastewater provider in Northwestern Ohio. We are committed to sound financial management, responsible environmental stewardship, responsive public service, superior customer service, and responsible economic growth. We strive to field a skilled, respectful, and cooperative workforce dedicated to the highest professional and ethical standards; we support them with appropriate training and technology.