2009-11-28 / News

Buckeye Lake minimum water bill estimated at $32 per month

By Scott Rawdon

BUCKEYE LAKE – Buckeye Lake Mayor Frank Foster estimates water bills will be less than originally predicted, and for more water.

“An updated water rate analysis looks like we can establish a minimum bill at close to $32 per month and include 2000 gallons of water,” he said. This is $10 less per month than originally established and 500 more gallons of water per month. “The final rate will be established by council next year when the project nears completion, but I would expect it to be in that neighborhood,” said Foster.

The village sponsored an informational meeting Tuesday night to provide an update on the village’s public water distribution system’s progress. According to an update from M•E Companies, the project engineer, the Buckeye Lake Village water system is nearing completion. The distribution system is well ahead of schedule and should be completed around Thanksgiving with some final work taking place after Millersport begins sending water in the spring. The booster station is virtually complete with a few minor items remaining. The water tower is well under way and completion is expected in February. Waterlines from the Village of Millersport are being installed and completion is expected in March 2010. Completion of the entire system is expected and water available in approximately April or May 2010.

According to M•E Companies, residents and businesses are responsible for customer service lines, which connect the water meter to the home or business it is serving. The installation of the customer service line is the responsibility of the property owner and is at the cost of the property owner. All future maintenance on this line is the responsibility of the property owner as well. Water customers may install the line themselves or hire a contractor of their choice to place the service line. This is the property owner’s choice.

Buckeye Lake Director of Development Valerie Hans said the village is collecting names of contractors who can install the service lines, but the village will not recommend one contractor over another.

In order to ensure safe drinking water, Ohio EPA prohibits connections between an existing well water supply line and the public system. These cross connections can result in untested or contaminated well water entering the village’s water system without proper treatment. Therefore, the EPA requires residents to disconnect their wells from their structure’s internal plumbing and then either abandon the well or install a backflow preventer.

Property owners should bear in mind that customer service lines may be very long and must be placed at a minimum depth of 42 inches. Although the village does not require that a contractor be hired, it is recommended. Please keep in mind that that Ohio Environmental Protection Agency requires that all waterlines maintain separation of 18 inches vertically and 10 feet horizontally from storm lines and from sanitary lines.

All connections to the public water system must include well water disconnection from the home or business’ internal plumbing system and either certification of well abandonment within 30 days of connection or the installation of a reduced pressure backflow preventer device conforming to Ohio EPA standards. Both of these options require residents to follow certain steps:

Water customers that decide to abandon their well will be respon- sible for removing all piping and electrical wiring connecting their well to their structure. The well must then be properly certified as abandoned. Residents that decide to keep their well must have physically disconnected the well water pipes from their structure’s internal plumbing and will be required to install an Ohio EPA Approved Reduced Pressure Backflow Preventer. A thermal expansion tank must accompany the backflow preventer between the hot water tank and backflow preventer. An individual certified by the Ohio Department of Commerce or Ohio EPA in backflow prevention must test the backflow preventer upon installation and then annually.

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