The chairman of the Barrow County Water & Sewerage Authority on Tuesday night recommended the county raise by 77 percent what it charges local municipalities for water from the Bear Creek Reservoir. In a presentation to the Barrow County Board of Commissioners, Stan Coley said the authority is recommending a new wholesale water rate of $2.83 per 1,000 gallons. That is $1.23 more than the current rate of $1.60 per 1,000 gallons.
Coley said the WSA also recommends that the BOC turn over to the authority the responsibility for planning, operating, maintaining and extending all water and sewerage systems in Barrow County.
The WSA’s higher rate would generate an extra $1.1 million annually, and over 25 years would amount to about $28 million. That represents the entire original investment Barrow County made in the construction of the regional reservoir, plant and distribution system. Under Coley’s recommendation, today’s water customers would not only be paying for the current wholesale water system through monthly bills and sales taxes, but also would be paying to replace the system for use by future water customers.
For the full story, see the Sept. 12 issue of the Barrow Journal.