budget-and-rate-hearings-5-24-2012

All citizens are invited to participate in public hearings on Thursday, May 24th regarding OWASA’s proposed budget for July 2012 through June 2013 (Fiscal Year [FY] 2013), 5-year capital improvement program and rates.

The public hearings will be part of an OWASA Board meeting at 7 PM in the Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The meeting will be televised live on local cable channel 18 in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Citizens are also invited to provide comments by e-mail to webmaster@owasa.org, by letter to 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro, NC 27510 or by fax to 919-968-4464.  Written comments will be public records and they will be provided to the OWASA Board. 

Rates 

No increase is proposed in the monthly water and sewer rates.

For a residential customer using 4,000 gallons per month, the water and sewer bill would remain at $70.66. The bill for 5,000 gallons per month would continue to be $83.53.

Several other rates and fees are proposed to increase in October 2012, including the one-time “service availability” or system capacity fees for new connections to the OWASA system. These fees are proposed to increase 3.2%, which reflects the 5-year historical average increase in the construction cost index.

For information on current and proposed rates, please click here or contact Publlic Affairs at 919-537-4267 or gfeller@owasa.org.

Budget

The proposed budget for FY 2013 includes $19.3 million for operations, $11.1 million for capital improvements, $225,000 for capital equipment and $8.2 million for debt payments. To read the proposed budget, please click here or contact Publlic Affairs at 919-537-4267 or gfeller@owasa.org. 

Infrastructure investments/capital improvements

One of OWASA’s highest priorities is renewing, replacing and improving its “infrastructure” of pipes and treatment facilities to ensure reliable, quality service to customers. Cash funding of new capital projects and debt payments for previously completed projects account for about half of OWASA’s monthly bill.

The proposed capital improvement program budget for FY 2013 totals $11.1 million. The majority of the funds will be used to replace or rehabilitate underground pipelines, and improve the aeration system in the biological treatment process and install additional odor control improvements at the Mason Farm Wastewater Treatment Plant. Improvements to the aeration and mixing system at the wastewater plant will significantly reduce electricity use starting in 2015.

For more information on the proposed FY 2013 or 5-year capital improvement program,  please click here or contact Publlic Affairs at 919-537-4267 or gfeller@owasa.org

For more information:

Stephen Winters, Director of Finance and Customer Service, 537-4230 or swinters@owasa.org