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Who pays for sewer… and how much?

The Middlesex Board of Supervisors (BOS) is considering partnering with the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) to run more than 30 miles of “forced main” sewer lines from Urbanna to Topping and Deltaville.

The cost to build “forced main” sewer lines will be spread over the 466,000 accounts served by HRSD, said engineer Jay Dano, chief of planning and analysis for HRSD.

However, HRSD does not pay for Middlesex wastewater collection systems—the county taxpayers will.

The local jurisdictions bills the customers for wastewater collection because local jurisdictions own, operate, maintain, and replace their sanitary sewer collection systems, said Dano. The weighted average collection rate for HRSD’s metro region is $5.53 per 1,000 gallons, said Dano.

Right now, the current Middlesex budget for 2018-19 contains $853,000 for debt service. That money could be used to finance the $1.6 million wastewater collection system at Cooks Corner, which was approved by the BOS on February 5. The BOS has budgeted the expected debt service for these projects within the proposed FY 20 budget under Capital Improvement Reserves.

HRSD will pay $2.1 million to build a forced main line 1.8 miles from Cooks Corner to Saluda where the wastewater will be treated by HRSD’s Central Middlesex Wastewater Treatment Plant, located behind the new county courthouse. HRSD recoups its construction costs from its 466,000 accounts.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newsstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 03.13.2019

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