County adopts area sanitary service fees

County adopts area sanitary service fees

(June 27, 2014) Seven of the county’s 11 sanitary service areas have no changes in user frees in the Water and Wastewater Enterprise Fund adopted June 18.

The service areas with no changes in user fees are Ocean Pines, West Ocean City, Assateague Point, The Landings, Mystic Harbour, Lighthouse Sound and River Run.

Ratepayers in the Briddletown sanitary service area will have an increase from $55.50 to $61 per EDU (equivalent dwelling unit, the same approximately amount of water and sewer flow used for an average  single-family residence) per quarter domestic flat rate and from $20 to $22 per quarter domestic pool fee and from $25 to $50 per quarter domestic irrigation fee.

Ratepayers in the Edgewater Acres sanitary service area will see an increase from $128 to $135 per EDU per quarter domestic base rate.

Ratepayers in the Newark sanitary service area will see an increase from $192 to $196 per EDU per quarter domestic base rate for water and sewer and from $228 to $240 per EDU per quarter commercial base rate for water and sewer.

Ratepayers in the Riddle Farm sanitary service area will see an increase from $150 to $160 per EDU per quarter domestic base rate for water and sewer and from $72 to $90 per quarter accessibility charge for unimproved lots that are not connected.

In addition to user fees, assessments will be levied in the Ocean Pines, Newark, South Point Village, Sunset Village, Snug Harbor, Oyster Harbor and Mystic Harbour service area or subservice areas to make debt payments related to the acquisition or construction of sanitary facilities.

The Water and Wastewater division is an enterprise fund, a self-supporting fund established to account for operations financed and operated similar to those of private business enterprises. The intent of such funds is that the cost of providing service to customers be recovered solely through user fees.

Worcester County provides water and/or sewer service to approximately 14,500 customers in 11 service areas. The department operates eight wastewater treatment plants and 18 water wells that pumped 565.49 million gallons of water during 2013.

For additional information, contact the Water and Wastewater Division at 410-632-1630, ext. 1217.

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