New water, sewer charges will change most bills

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

­­­Using new methods to compute water and sewer bills will save many customers in the village money on their monthly bills while it will increase the bills sent to other large users.

The Penn Yan Village Board adopted two resolutions on March 15 to change the method of computing water and sewer rates. The new method is based on equivalent dwelling units (EDU).

The new method will be effective for water consumption readings taken after May 25 and billed on or about June 1.

“This is the fairest way to deal with all our customers,” said Municipal Utilities Board Chairman Rom French.

Brent Bodine, Director of Public Works, said the process to make the change begain in 2008.

By making the change now, the new method can be figured in the budgets that will be reviewed by the village board in April.

Customers service will be identified by a number of EDUs, with each EDU being charged a $3 service charge per month, plus a charge based on the number of gallons used.

Here are some examples of how the new system will impact customers. Village Clerk/Treasurer Shawna Wilber said she used actual water use and household sizes to illustrate the following cases:

• One person household with average monthly use of 1400 gallons: Under the existing system, this user’s average monthly bill would be $18.55. With the new system, the average monthly water bill would be $15.56, reflecting an annual savings of about $58. This customer’s sewer bill would also decrease on average about $6.

• Five person household with average monthly use of 5,700 gallons: Under the existing system, this user’s average monthly bill would be $39.54. With the new system, the average monthly water bill would be $44.91, reflecting an annual increase of about $86. This customer’s sewer bill would decrease on average about $2.

• Eight unit apartment home with average monthly use of 18,000 gallons: Under the existing system, this user’s average monthly bill would be $112.23. With the new system, the average monthly water bill would be $170.88, reflecting an annual increase of about $596. This customer’s sewer bill would increase on average about $41.

• Food service establishment with more than 50 seats. Under the existing system, this user’s average monthly bill would be $248.16. With the new system, the average monthly water bill would be $303.88, reflecting an annual increase of about $936.

This customer’s sewer bill would increase on average about $38.