Newsletter – December 2021

Rate Forecast

The District is currently drafting the 2022 budget based upon our anticipated expenses for next year. Our budget will determine if a rate change is necessary.

Last year, The District had no rate increase thanks to higher water use from growth in area businesses and manufacturing.

This year, we are factoring in the impact of lower than average water use due to higher than average precipitation as well as supply chain concerns.

Once finalized, The District's Board of Trustees will discuss and approve both the 2022 budget and rates. This typically occurs during a December Board meeting. Depending on where you live, your water or sewer treatment provider may also increase their rates and this could also impact your bill.

Cold Weather

While cold-weather water issues are not common, they can happen. The District wants you to be prepared before the extreme cold sets in with the following cold weather tips:

  • Insulate indoor water pipes close to exterior walls.
  • In extreme cold, allow a faucet to drip to prevent pipes from bursting.
  • Keep cabinet doors open if they have pipes inside.

Henry County Waterline

The plans are finalized and now The District intends to award a $6 million waterline project in December. The project involves building over eight miles of waterline from Weston to McClure, heading north along SR 65, then across the river, and west to Liberty Center. This waterline will distribute water from Bowling Green to the residents of McClure and Liberty Center.

Announcements

District Board of Trustees Meetings are the second and fourth Thursday each month at 7:30 a.m. Board meetings are open to the public.

The District Offices are closed on the following days:

  • Thursday, December 23 office closes at 11:30 am for Christmas Eve
  • Friday, December 24, to observe Christmas Day
  • Friday, December 31, to observe New Years Day.
  • Monday, January 17, to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Pay it Forward Water and Sewer Assistance

You Can Make a Difference

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District is partnering with the Salvation Army to help local homeowners dealing with financial hardships. The "Pay it Forward" Water and Sewer Assistance Fund uses generous donations from our customers to help one another with water & sewer bills during crisis situations. All donations are forwarded to the Salvation Army to assist people in need.

Pay it Forward Provides

  • Local donations that help your neighbors in financial hardship.
  • Keeps utilities on and provides dollars for other emergency needs.
  • Gives you an opportunity to change your community.

You can donate to the Pay It Forward program one time or monthly. Learn more about the Pay it Forward program on our Pay it Forward Program page.