Dayton has excess capacity to deliver water. Greene County has shortages, forcing voluntary watering restrictions. A little bit of regional cooperation and voila, cash to Dayton – and save Greene County residents some money. From today’s Dayton Daily News:
There are no plans to increase water rates, which should come as good news for customers in Beavercreek and Sugarcreek Twp. who are preparing to enter the third summer of voluntary odd/even watering restrictions.
Drought conditions and high demand forced the county to ban irrigation for a month in 2007, and county officials have worked to bring additional capacity on-line.
But building a system for an existing community, upgrading and maintaining it are a big part of the reason why the county has some of the highest water and sewer rates around, Hissong said.
A Greene County water and sewer customer’s combined bill averages about $257 quarterly, according to a rate survey compiled each year by the city of Oakwood.
In comparison, Fairborn and Xenia residents pay an average rate of $192 and $177 respectively. The lowest combined costs are in Miamisburg with $113.
The excess capacity is stemming from the shut down of the Delphi plant on Webster and the 50% decline in water use by Cargill. With these two guzzlers sobering up, Dayton is running its treatment facility at about 50% capacity.
With revenues declining from all sources, the investment Dayton residents made in their state of the art water system should be able to help generate some badly needed cash right now.