Leak policy still under evaluation
Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority staff are still evaluating proposed changes to the authority's leak policy, which would dramatically increase fees.
The policy was discussed at the August authority board meeting. The three authority members seemed to be in favor of the policy changes, but changes can't be voted on at the first reading.
The change was not on the agenda for Wednesday's meeting.
Authority member Eric Smith asked about it. Smith referenced comments in The Newnan Times-Herald about the policy and asked if now was "the time to revisit that."
"We're going to continue to evaluate that," said the authority’s CEO, Jay Boren. "We are still pulling some numbers together."
Authority attorney Melissa Griffis said that staff members would be "going back to look at some of the suggestions you made at that meeting."
Authority staff had suggested a drastic change to the leak policy.
Currently, if a customer has a leak and gets the leak repaired, they can request an adjustment to their bill.
Staff will figure out the "leaked usage" and it will be billed at the wholesale rate of $2.86 per 1,000 gallons. Customers are limited to one leak adjustment per year.
The proposal is to raise the cost for leaked water to $5.19 per 1,000 gallons, which is the standard retail rate for usage up to 5,000 gallons per month.
Use over 5,000 gallons is billed at a higher rate, with several tiers based on total usage.
Unlike most other business transactions, the more water you buy, the higher the price per gallon.
That's not because it costs the authority more money to provide the higher levels of water, but is put into place as a water conservation measure to discourage the use of large amounts of water.
The new policy would also limit leak adjustments to three per lifetime.
The policy will be on the agenda for the Oct. 2 meeting, which will be held at 9 a.m. at the authority headquarters on Corinth Road.