Sunbury Village Council learned of a major rate change coming from Del-Co Water Co. last week.
Del-Co Water general manager Glenn Marzluf attended the May 4 council meeting to give council members an update on Del-Co capital projects and to announce the rate change.
Del-Co Water serves 800 square miles and 46,000 customers. The non-profit utility is customer-owned and run by a board of directors. Marzluf said Del-Co will complete $230 million in anticipated capital projects over the next 20 years to meet the demand of residential and commercial growth.
Effective June 1, all Del-Co residential and irrigation-metered customers using under 25,000 gallons of water per month will be subject to a 10-cent per 1,000 gallons rate increase, Marzluf said; and residential customers using in excess of 25,000 gallons per month will fall under a conservation tier with a rate increase from $6.10 per 1,000 gallons per month to $10.20 per 1,000 gallons per month.
Marzluf said non-residential metered rates for commercial customers would only be subject to the 10-cent per 1,000 gallons per month rate increase and not be subject to the conservation tier.
“Del-Co has a base service demand of 9.7 million gallons per day, but we get 21.4 million gallons per day during the summer peak,” Marzluf said. “During 2012 we had a 30.6 million gallon per day record. Our infrastructure needs (to be) sized for peak demand.”
Marzluf said Del-Co water is trying to change the way customers use water.
“During summer months, some of our customers are using almost 35 percent more water than on an average winter day,” Marzluf said. “We expect to double our customer count in the next 20 years. As the area grows, our challenge is to change the way our customers use water.”
Asked why commercial customers would only receive the 10-cents per 1,000 gallons rate increase and not be subject to the conservation tier, Marzluf said commercial customers have steady water use patterns that do not peak during summer months.
“The conservation tier will be put in place to make customers that place additional seasonal demands on our system pay more,” Marzluf said.
Asked about lead in Del-Co water, Marzluf said Del-Co tests for lead and is in compliance with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
“Because we’re a newer system, all of our lines are plastic,” Marzluf said. “There are older homes that have solder in their systems, but our water is designed to be noncorrosive. We think Del-Co beats any system in the nation because of the age of the system and the non-corrosives we add to our water.”
Of the village’s 1,667 Del-Co customers, only 2 percent used enough water during last summer’s peak demand to fall under the conservation tier, Marzluf said.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093