Western Virginia Water Authority acquires Boones Mill’s water and wastewater system

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Western Virginia Water Authority crews are on the scene of a water line break which has impacted homes and traffic on portions of Liberty Road.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – The Western Virginia Water Authority says they have acquired the town of Boones Mill’s water and wastewater system.

The acquisition became effective on Monday, Nov. 1.

While the Town’s system had been operated by the Western Virginia Water Authority for the past three years, they will now own the system and benefit from the increased customer base and water supply.

The Town’s Utility System has 205 active water customers served by a water treatment and distribution system that includes a spring and associated distribution piping.

The treatment plant was renovated less than 10 years ago and is in good condition.

The wastewater system includes a treatment pond permitted for 30,000 gallons per day and the associated collection system.

There are 63 active sewer accounts.

This acquisition will allow the Town to eliminate some debt service and provide a rate reduction for its utility customers who will see their monthly water rates decrease 40 percent from $50/month to $30/month while sewer rates will decrease by 25 percent, from $50/month to $37.50.

“For quite a while, it has not been financially feasible for the Town to operate the system. The elimination of debt service on the system in addition to proceeds from the sale has placed the town in a much more sustainable financial position for the future while also benefiting public safety and economic development in the Town. We are excited about this next chapter and are grateful to have a wonderful partnership with the Authority!”

B.T. Fitzpatrick III, Boones Mill Town Manager

The water treatment facility in the Town will provide a redundant source of water in the Route 220 South corridor for customers and provide infrastructure to expand into the northern part of Franklin County.

Staff from the Western Virginia Water Authority will continue to manage the treatment facilities, distribution and collection systems.

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