RAGLAND – The Coosa Valley Water Supply District board passed a resolution earlier this week that will keep 2019 water rates the same as last year.
The St. Clair County Commission, Odenville, Springville and Pell City are members of the CVWSD, and each entity has agreed to purchase at least 750,000 gallons of water per day from the surface water treatment plant in Ragland.
The rates will remain at $3.33 per 1,000 gallons of water produced at the water treatment plant, or $75,959 per month. The rates have remained steady for the past three years.
The plant began operating in 2011. Water rates for CVWSD members hit their highest point in 2015 at $3.47 per 1,000 gallons of treated water. There was a substantial drop in 2016, to $3.29 per 1,000 gallons, but the rate increased slightly in 2017, to the current cost of $3.33 per 1,000 gallons.
Jimmy Bailey, the CVWSD chairman, said the surface water treatment plant pumps 2.2 to 2.5 million gallons a day of treated surface water, but the plant is capable of pumping much more if other utility systems tap on.
He said CVWSD renewed its contract with ClearWater Solutions, which oversees operations of the plant, last month. Bailey said the deal included a 3-percent increase in contract fees, but the increase did not affect rates.
“We were able to absorb that increase without raising rates,” he said.
Bailey said the surface water treatment plant is vital to the future growth of St. Clair County and affords uninterrupted water service for participating entities.
“It’s already proven its value to Odenville,” said Bailey, who is the manager for the Odenville Utilities Board.
According to the resolution passed by the CVWSD board Tuesday, the district’s operating expenses for calendar year 2019 are budgeted at $1,368,945.
The district is required to establish the amount to be paid by each participating entity within the first 15 business days of January of each year.