MASON — The fourth and final increase in water and sewer rates for the residents of Mason will be reflected on their Nov. 1 bill.
The increases were set in place in January 2015, and passed in February 2015, to allow for both a water and sewer upgrade project. The water rate increases took effect in April 2015, and again in April 2016. The first sewer rate increase took effect in October 2015, with the second occurring this month.
The water project has been ongoing throughout the summer, and should be completed very soon, according to Mayor Donna Dennis. She stated crews found that the water tank, as it was being rehabilitated, needed a new roof. This addition to the project put crews a little behind.
New water lines have been placed in nearly half the town, as well as new fire hydrants. Most of the private property affected has been seeded with grass and covered with straw. Next, crews will be replacing either concrete or blacktop to the affected driveways, sidewalks and streets. Old hydrants will be removed. Mayor Dennis said the entire project should be completed during the first week of November.
The mayor also stated the sewer upgrade is due to begin the end of the year. No sewer lines will be replaced, she added, as the work will be confined to manholes, the lift stations, and the wastewater plant.
The minimum water/sewer bill prior to the four increases was $45.01. The minimum bill is based on 2,000 gallons of water usage. After the final increase this month, the minimum bill will be $58.31.
Rates under the final sewer increase are:
– $28 for the minimum 2,000 gallons (based on water usage);
– $10.98 per 1,000 gallons for the next 8,000 gallons;
– $7.50 per 1,000 gallons for the next 40,000 gallons; and,
– $7.50 per 1,000 gallons for all over 50,000 gallons per month.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.