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Waynesboro sewer customers facing 15 percent rate hike

Increased revenue needed for planned plant expansion to meet changing bay discharge requirements

April 06, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Borough of Waynesboro sewer customers are facing a 15 percent rate increase effective May 1.

The increase of $11.11 per billing quarter for most customers is on top of an August 2010 hike of $9.66 per billing quarter for those users. Borough officials say the increased revenue is needed because of a planned plant expansion to meet changing Chesapeake Bay discharge requirements.

Those plant upgrades are estimated to cost about $11.4 million in Waynesboro, according to Utilities Director Leiter Pryor.

"Our engineers are still evaluating what we need to do," he said.

Wastewater treatment plants in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are being required to meet more stringent regulations for phosphorus and nitrogen discharging.

The borough, which has 5,500 customers, last made plant upgrades in 1989, Pryor said.

A 15 percent increase will be $11.11 for customers using up to 15,000 gallons per quarter, Pryor said. Most customers fit into that category, he said.

The quarterly rate would increase from $74.07 to $85.18 for those customers, according to Pryor.

The Waynesboro Borough Council unanimously approved the rate change at its meeting Wednesday.

"The (Waynesboro Borough) Authority will affirm our action at their next meeting," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said of how the rate change will be put into effect.

The Waynesboro Borough Authority, which manages both water and sewer operations, next meets April 19.

Similar plant upgrade projects are in various stages in Franklin County, Pa. Neighboring Washington Township is expecting to spend about $750,000 to adapt to phosphorus discharge changes.

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