VINTON, Va. (WFXR) — The Town of Vinton is planning to hand over its utility system to the Western Virginia Water Authority. Officials made the announcement during a meeting on Tuesday.
One of the biggest changes that is expected come out of the town selling its utility system to the Western Virginia Water Authority is that customers would be billed every month instead of every other month.
However, Vinton Mayor Brad Grose says that won’t change the cost for citizens.
“At this time, it appears that the rates are going to be basically what they are now,” said Grose. “I don’t think the rates will change much at all, mainly because our costs will be spread out over the entire membership of the water authority.”
The merger would include Vinton’s public water distribution and treatment system, as well as the sanitary sewer collection system.
The Vinton Town Council says adding residents to this multi-jurisdictional model will allow for better rate stability, drought protection, infrastructure planning, and maintenance for all customers.
According to the executive director of the Western Virginia Water Authority, Michael McEvoy, “We always look for those opportunities to bring as many people together and work together under one system to make it as strong as possible.”
The Authority also plans to provide treated drinking water to homes and businesses currently using ground wells.
“We expect to be able to supply — pretty soon right after the merger — customers with water from the Carvins Cove system, and then over time, we plan to transition most customers over to Carvins Cove,” said McEvoy.
If the resolution is adopted, the finalization of the merger will go into effect on July 1, 2022.
“I think as time goes on, our customers will be able to benefit from being part of a larger system,” Grose added.
Council members say this will also allow them to put more time and effort into other redevelopment projects throughout the town.
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