Barkley Lake Water District rates may increase
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Aug 15, 2012 | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The more than 5,000 customers of the Barkley Lake Water District may be looking at a 3.35-percent rate increase in order to help pay for a roughly $1 million water project in Cerulean.

A Monday afternoon’s Barkley Lake Water District Board meeting, BLWD Manager Terry Goins said they’re looking at doubling the capacity of the Cerulan water tank, from 150,000 gallons to 300,000 gallons, and are also looking at a new, relocated booster pump station that will work on a gravity feed.

“In Cerulean, when the power goes out, the water goes out. That’s not good, and was especially bad during the ice storm,” Goins said.

It could also be funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, and Goins says the district will probably know about that approval by the end of the year. He added that if they know by then, the project could go out to bid by the beginning of next year.

At 3.35 percent, the minimum water bill would increase from $19.88 to $20.55. Goins said they also looked at a smaller increase and also looked at doing no increase and using the district’s reserve money but decided against that.

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