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Wes Summerfield III of Deltaville (in red shirt) paid his $500 deposit to connect to the proposed central water system. “I’ve spent more money on stupider stuff than this,” he said. So far, 48 homeowners have signed up for central water. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

Signup totals 48 customers

“The dogs won’t drink the water,” said Keith Keyser who lives at Stingray Point. “And, I’m reluctant to cook with it.”

Keyser was among the 50-plus people who listened to a proposed plan to bring a central water system to the Deltaville area during a Middlesex Water Authority (MWA) meeting on June 15 at the Deltaville Maritime Museum.

When the Middlesex Board of Supervisors formed the MWA in June 2014, it mandated that residents of potential service areas would not be required to connect to the water system, even if water lines run in front of their property. The authority “shall instead employ incentive-based connection programs that encourage, but do not require, connection,” states the articles of incorporation for the MWA.

Half price connection
The MWA is offering an incentive to connect. Residents and businesses that commit to hooking onto the system by August 31, 2015, will pay a connection fee of $5,000. After this deadline, the connection fee increases to $10,000. 

Potential customers will need to pay 10% ($500) of this connection fee by the August 31 deadline. As of June 22, 48 property owners had placed a $500 deposit.

The Deltaville water service area has about 3,100 properties, said Middlesex County Administrator Matt Walker. The system needs to be “self-sustaining” without help from Middlesex County government, he noted. “To move forward we need to know the take rate and have a count on demand.”

Wes Summerfield III happily paid the $500 deposit following the meeting. The Lover’s Lane resident has good water, even without treatment, but noted that central water will increase property values. “I’m just doing it because property values will go up by a third.”
Summerfield said the projected costs are comparable with similar experiences he has had in Ohio and Florida.

Final Meeting
The final MWA informational meeting will be held at the Deltaville Firehouse this Saturday, June 27, at 10 a.m.

More information can be found at the Middlesex Water Authority webpage.

Email or call 758-4715 for more information.

posted 06.24.2015

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