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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Board of Selectmen to Consider Sewer Use Charge Change

Westport residents using the town’s sewer system will see a change in the way they are charged for the service under a proposal to be considered by the Board of Selectmen.

Steve Edwards, director of the Public Works Department, told the board in a memo that his department for years had been questioned by residents about charging sewer use fees based on arbitrary “residential units.”

“The existing system provides for a single residential use fee for all residences regardless of size or number of occupants,” he said. “An empty-nester is charged the same as a family of six.”

Edwards said similar inequities were evident when reviewing commercial accounts.

He said to address the inequities, his department worked with neighboring communities and the Geotelic Co. to review a more commonly used sewer use fee structure based on actual usage.

He said this method uses water meter information to identify actual water consumption and subsequent discharge to the sewer collection system.

Edwards recommended not including water usage for spring and summer when the amount of water used for lawn irrigation or car washing might skew the information.

The Board of Selectmen, acting in its capacity as the Water Pollution Control Authority, scheduled a public information hearing on the proposal for Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium.

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Posted 02/25/04 at 08:11 PM  Permalink



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