Water may have different taste in March

The North Texas Municipal Water District’s will be performing some annual maintenance on water systems March 4 through April 1, 2019, and the city water may taste differently, with the chlorine easier to notice.

“Normally, two chemicals are used in the disinfection process, chlorine and ammonia. During the month-long change, the water supplier uses only free chlorine to keep water disinfected as it travels through pipes. This is a common practice for as many as 40 percent of water providers which use the two-chemical process.”

 

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Local mayors want fair water rates, rates that don’t punish water conservation by citizens, businesses

The Mayors of Plano, Garland, Mesquite and Richardson want water rates that reward and not punish water conservation.

The mayors met for a news conference to let everyone know their cities are asking the Public Utility Commission to conduct a review of their water rates with the North Texas Municipal Water District.

Ask anyone who pays the water bill – The current water rates go up when water use goes down. Remember when the cities asked you to restrict your water use and posted Water Restriction signs all over town in the medians and put notices in the envelope with your water bills. You cut back on watering. Your yard turned brown. And your water bill increased.

Is that fair? The Mayors say, “No.”

Thanks for sharing this on your social media. Ask your friends and family if they are paying too much for water and paying for water they don’t use.

Tom Kula, NTMWD Executive Director Response to News Conference by Four Member Cities on Water Supply Contract and Wholesale Water Rates

Kula stated: “We are disappointed these four Cities announced this action. For the past year, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has been holding meetings with its 13 Member Cities to discuss potential alternatives for allocating the regional water system costs. The District’s Board of Directors is made up of appointees from all 13 Cities. We recognize the concerns of the four cities (Garland, Mesquite, Plano and Richardson), but the District must also consider the positions of the other nine (Allen, Farmersville, Forney, Frisco, McKinney, Princeton, Rockwall, Royse City, and Wylie).

“While the 13 Cities have not yet reached agreement on a change, the District hasn’t given up seeking a potential solution. We believe the matter would be best resolved by the District working with the 13 Member Cities,” Kula said.

“We serve some of the fastest-growing communities in the nation and remain focused on our mission of providing the highest quality water in the most cost effective manner,” Kula said.  “While water service costs have increased across the U.S., the District’s wholesale cost for treated water delivered to the Cities we serve is one of the lowest in the state at only a quarter of a penny per gallon.”

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Why did the water rate rise? Let’s look at the information provided by the water district on its website – See for yourself at https://www.ntmwd.com/water-rates/https://www.ntmwd.com/water-rates/

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Rate Increase to Fund Critical Projects

The NTMWD Board approved a wholesale water rate increase of 24 cents (per 1,000 gallons) beginning in Oct. 2016 (FY17) to fund critical projects that will meet future needs. This includes expanding and improving water treatment plants and constructing two new water projects: Trinity River Main Stem Pump Station and the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir. The FY17 Member City wholesale rate is $2.53 (per 1,000 gallons) and Customers pay a wholesale rate of $2.58 (per 1,000 gallons). This is still about a quarter of a penny per gallon of treated water.

New projects require upfront investment – sometimes years before customers experience the benefit. By funding projects with bonds, we can spread those costs over time so that future users share in the costs. Financing this way requires rate adjustments to maintain our financial stability and high credit ratings. This results in lower interest rates for financing construction and maintenance projects, ultimately saving customers money in lower borrowing costs.

As it has worked since the 1950s, the cities and communities we serve share equitably in infrastructure investments that support our region’s ongoing population growth, which is expected to double within the next 50 years.

How Our Costs Compare

Even with planned rate increases, our wholesale water rates are lower or comparable to similar water suppliers in North Texas. Nationally, our costs are lower than average for combined water services.

Customers frequently ask why rates need to go up if they are conserving water. Water rates are not only set by the amount of water used, but for the costs associated with operating, maintaining and expanding our system, as well as to repay debt for existing pipelines and facilities.

Fixed Costs = operations, system maintenance, system expansion, debt service

Variable Costs = chemicals, power, water purchased

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Collin County cleanup under way

From County Judge Keith Self:

Collin County will foot the bill for county residents hauling storm-related debris to the North Texas Municipal Water District landfill in Melissa.

County residents may bring debris from the Dec. 26 storm-related debris only to the Melissa landfill free of charge on the following days:

Thursday Dec. 31 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday Jan. 1 Landfill is Closed
Saturday Jan. 2 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Monday-Friday Jan. 4-8 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday* Jan. 9 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday* Jan. 16 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
* Help will be available at the landfill to unload debris

Earlier today, the county announced that it had arranged for two free debris drop-off days at the landfill on consecutive Saturdays — Jan. 9 and 16. However, rather than make residents wait another week to clean up debris from last week’s storm, county officials made arrangements with the NTMWD to allow residents additional times to haul the refuse to the landfill over the coming week.

The county’s Public Works Department will have a representative at the landfill to verify residents and storm-related debris. A current drivers license or utility bill is required to prove residency. Except for Jan. 9 and 16’s Saturday drop-off days, residents will need to unload the debris on their own.

Residents driving pick-ups with trailers will be allowed in at no charge. However, the NTMWD has informed us that large flatbed trucks, box trucks, roll-off trucks, dump trucks and construction vehicles will be charged the normal rate for disposal.

Water district meets, OKs weekly watering

On Thursday night, the North Texas Municipal Water District decided to loosen the tap on outdoor water restrictions. Starting April 1, watering once per week, instead of once every-other-week will be allowed.


Jim Parks, executive director of NTMWD, said, “Because of our ongoing water supply issue with Lake Texoma, which normally provides 28 percent of our water supply, we all need to continue our conservation efforts to make sure we can continue to meet the long-term water needs of NTMWD’s member cities and customers. We do not expect to resume pumping water from Lake Texoma until the pipeline extension project is completed, which is estimated the summer of 2013.”

With the return to Stage 3 provisions, approved by the board and effective April 1, 2012, landscape watering will be allowed once every seven days.

Stage 3 provisions approved allow:
• Use of soaker or hand held hoses for watering foundations, trees and new landscaping for up to two hours per day.
• Public athletic fields used for competition may be watered twice per week.
• Golf course greens and tee boxes can be watered without restrictions.
• Registered and properly operating ET/Smart irrigation and drip systems may also be used without restrictions.
• You can operate ornamental fountains if treated water is used.
• Hydroseeding, hydromulching and sprigging is allowed.
• Existing swimming pools can be drained and refilled.

The board authorized continuing these mandatory water use restrictions:
• No hosing of paved  areas, buildings, or windows but pressure washing of  impervious surfaces is allowed.
• No washing or rinsing of vehicles by hose except with a hose-end cutoff nozzle.
• No use of water in such a manner as to allow runoff or other waste.

NTMWD is encouraging everyone to follow the specific guidelines for their community. Check the control units and rain sensors to prevent unnecessary usage, and repair any water leaks around the house.
NTMWD will continue to evaluate the lake levels, cities’ goals performance and long-term weather forecasts on a monthly basis to determine if the Stage 3 actions can be further relaxed before the hot summer months.

More information and tips on water conservation:
 www.wateriq.org
http://www.ntmwd.com.

One dead in Fairview, another missing in sewer line accident

One worker is dead and another missing in Fairview this morning on Dumont Court. The S.J. Lewis Construction workers were attempting to unclog a sewer line behind some homes for the North Texas Municipal Water District. First one man was overcome, then a second went down the manhole to check on the first man. A third worker called for medical assistance.
The man was identified as 44-year-old supervisor Jeronimo Cruz, a married father of five children.
The second man has not been found.
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