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Council studying water rates

by Tom Chillemi

Urbanna is looking at some major water expenses including a new well. The water committee of the Urbanna Town Council is working to estimate the cost of major projects before it recommends water rate increases.

Water rates have “several moving parts,” council member Bill Goldsmith told town council at its February 14 work session. Goldsmith serves on the town’s water committee, which is chaired by council member Bill Smith.

The town water rate for minimum usage of 3,000 gallons a month is $14.

The Middlesex Water Authority (MWA) has set the minimum rate at $55 a month, with a 2% increase per year for the system that will serve areas between Urbanna and Topping and Deltaville. The MWA is an “authority” and is separate from town and county governments.

Goldsmith said that still unknown is what a new town well will cost and what water line maintenance costs will be. “What we don’t want to do is ask for more money and find there is a shortfall to actually pay for what we are going to undertake,” he said.

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posted 02.21.2019

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