Water and sewer briefs

August 01, 1997

Sewer panel proposes new rate structure

The Washington County Water and Sewer Advisory Commission on Thursday proposed changing the water and sewer rate structure in such a way that those who use a lot would be charged more than those who use a little.

Commission member Michael Armel said the county should charge one uniform rate for volume. He said it wasn't fair for low-volume users to pay $10 per 1,000 gallons while high- volume users such as apartment complexes pay $4 per 1,000 gallons.

Armel said a $5 billing fee could be charged on top of the volume. Users would still be charged for a minimum 6,000 gallons.


Commission Chairman Clarence W. Scheer said such a structure would reward conservation.

Commission wants more lobbying

A county employee should be assigned to pursue and lobby for grants in Annapolis and Washington, D.C., the Washington County Water and Sewer Advisory Commission said Thursday.

Commission member Glenn Fishack said if there is free money available, the county should make sure it gets its fair share.

County Commissioner James R. Wade agreed that grants should be sought, but said the county's delegation to Annapolis should be doing more to find money for the county's debt-ridden Water and Sewer Department.

Volunteers suggested for marketing effort

The Washington County Water and Sewer Advisory Commission suggested that volunteers, possibly including retired executives, be sought to market the underused Conococheague Industrial Pretreatment Facility.

The $9 million plant is operating at less than 25 percent capacity and has had $2.3 million in deficits since it opened in 1994.

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to market," said Chairman Clarence W. Scheer. The commission said someone should identify industries that could use the plant and start making phone calls.

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