CWR Notice of Public Hearing — RESCHEDULED

Notice of Public Hearing – Imposition of Customer Classifications and Wastewater Rates and Charges

CHESTER SEWER DISTRICT (D/B/A) CHESTER WASTEWATER RECOVERY

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held before the Chester Sewer District Commission (the “Commission”), the governing body of the Chester Sewer District (d/b/a Chester Wastewater Recover) (the “District”), beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018. The hearing will be held at The Gateway Conference Center, 3200 Commerce Drive Suite C, Richburg, South Carolina 29729. All persons who attend the public hearing will be given an opportunity to speak.

The purpose of the public hearing will be to allow members of the public to express their views regarding the imposition of customer classifications and rates and charges for wastewater service of the District. Upon their due adoption by the Commission, the customer classifications and rates and charges for wastewater service are anticipated to become effective as of September 1, 2018. The following customer classifications and rates and charges are proposed:

 

Monthly Base Charge
Meter Size Base Charge
3/4″ $19.06
 1″  $22.47
1.5″ $30.91
 2″ $41.09
3″ $64.84
4″ $98.77
6″ $183.52
8″ $285.25
10″ $403.98
Residential & Commercial Monthly Volumetric Charge
 Charge per 1,000 gallons $9.14 /kgal
Industrial Monthly Volumetric Charge
 Charge per 1,000 gallons $10.42 /kgal
Monthly High-Strength Surcharge Rates
 Discharge  Surcharge (per pound above 250ppm)
 Biochemical Oxygen Demand $0.48
Total Suspended Solids $0.64
Ammonia $3.20
Tap Fees
Up to 1″ (Same Side of Road) $1,375.79
All over 1″ or non-standard tap Cost of Installation
Other Fees
Monthly Industrial Permitting Fee $133.75
Annual Septic Dumping Fee $4,800.00

CMD Rate & Fee Changes

Chester Metropolitan District (CMD) will be changing its water rate structure beginning in late summer of 2018. The CMD Board of Commissioners endeavored to develop a rate structure that was equitable to residential customers.  CMD hired Raftelis from Charlotte, North Carolina to review our existing water rate structure and propose a rate structure that will strike a fair balance between residential and industrial customers.

Effective September 1, 2018, CMD will no longer charge customers through a “declining block” water rate structure. A declining block water rate structure caters to large (mostly industrial) water users because the price per gallon of water goes down as water usage goes up.  Under the new structure, all customers – residential and industrial – will now have a “base rate” calculated on meter size and will pay the same flat rate per 1000 gallons of water used.  This new flat rate is $7.19 per 1000 gallons.

Customers will no longer see additional fees, such as the “Residuals Management Fee”, “DHEC Fee”, and “Capital Projects Fee.” Those charges are no longer listed as separate line items on the water bill and the charges have been included in the base rate charge and the uniform water rate.

 

Table One – Old Rate and New Rate Comparison

 

CMD’s 2017 Revenue Bond Resolution calls for a 7% water rate increase each year over the next few years.  A 7% water rate increase has been applied to the new water rate structure this year.  However, most residential customers can expect to see a decrease in their average monthly water bill, as evidenced above in Table One.

Referencing Table One, the column designated as Current Charges represents existing water charges under the old rate structure.  The column designated as 7% Increase Charges increases the current water charges by 7%.  The column designated Proposed Charges ¾” represents the new water charges using the new water rate structure.  The last column designated as Savings represents the reduction in new water charges versus the old water charges with a 7% rate increase.

The new water rate schedule met the goals of the CMD commission to develop a water rate and water rate schedule that is fairer to residential customers than the old water rate schedule.  The new water rate schedule and the proposed 2018-2019 CMD Budget were presented in two public hearings at the Chester County Library on June 27, 2018.  The public hearings were held at 2 pm and 5 pm in the Jean White Room.  The 2018-2019 CMD Budget was approved in a special call meeting of the CMD Commission held on June 29, 2018.

CLICK HERE TO SEE CMD’S CURRENT RATE AND FEE SCHEDULE.

 

Capital Recovery Fees for Water are in Effect

Chester Metropolitan District (CMD) has begun the process of imposing Capital Recovery Fees for all new development in Chester County. Customers who apply for new taps (new service; one not currently connected to CMD’s water system) will be subject to these fees, as advertised in previous articles.  The proposed capital recovery fee schedule was presented in a public hearing at the Gateway Conference Center at 6 pm on May 31, 2018.  The CMD Commission approved the capital recovery fee schedule at the June 12, 2018 monthly board meeting.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CAPITAL RECOVERY FEE SCHEDULE.

CMD Notice of Public Hearing: 2018-2019 Budget

The Chester Metropolitan District will hold a public hearing in the Chester County Library’s Jean M. White Room, located at 100 Center Street at 5:00 P.M. on June 27, 2018 for the purpose of public input concerning the proposed Budget for the fiscal year 2017-2018.

The Chester Metropolitan District has contracted with Raftelis of Charlotte, North Carolina to develop a new water service rate schedule, as outlined below.

This new water service rate schedule will go into effect for all customers beginning September 1, 2018.

Water Service Base Rate

(Based on Meter Size)

3/4″  $    14.35
1″  $    21.52
1.5″  $    39.26
2″  $    60.64
3″  $  110.56
4″  $  181.87
6″  $  359.96
8″  $  573.76
10″  $  823.27

Volumetric Usage Rate

per 1,000 Gallons  $      7.19

The following fees will go into effect July 1, 2018:

Fire Line Fees
    Current   |  Proposed
10”  $    203.95  |  218.00
8”  $    193.15  |  207.00
6”  $    163.44  |  175.00
4”  $    135.07  |  145.00
Tap Fee
  Current     |  Proposed
1″ or smaller, simple install  $ 1,391.00 | 1488.00
All others — Cost of Installation
Other Fees
  Current     |  Proposed
Non-Payment Fee*  $      45.00
After Hours Reconnect Fee  $      65.00 | 69.00
Pulled Meter Fee  $      65.00 | 69.00
Late Fee  $        3.00

Engineering Fees

Backflow Test Fee  $    12.00 per result
Plan Review Fees  See Review Fee Schedule

Hydrant Meter Fees**

Refundable Deposit  $  100.00
Single Day Permit  $    50.00
15-Day Permit  $  100.00
30-Day Permit  $  200.00 renewable before expiration
Relocation Fee  $    35.00

*Non-Payment Fee – replaces the “Reconnect Fee”

** Hydrant Meter Fees – replaces the “Hydrant Meter Permit Fee”

                                                                       

FY 2017-2018             FY 2018-2019          Percent Change

Revenue                           $6,437,536                  $7,221,548                  +12.17%

Expenditures                     $6,437,536                  $7,221,548                  +12.17%

 

The Chester Metropolitan District does not receive revenue through taxation.