Grainger Today Reporter
BEAN STATION – An increase in water rates will go into effect in January for residents and businesses that purchase water from Bean Station Utility District (BSUD).
Members of the BSUD board of directors voted to increase the utility’s rates during its November meeting. The increase was considered due to an increase in the rates charged by Morristown Utility Systems (MUS), from which BSUD purchases water.
MUS increased its rate by 15 cents per 1,000 gallons.
BSUD will increase its rates from 15 cents per 1,000 gallons to 48 cents per 1,000 gallons, an increase of 33 cents per 1,000 gallons. The minimum bill will be $24 for 0 to 1,500 gallons usage. The suggested rate increase was an increase of 24 cents per 1,000 gallons, but after discussion the board concluded that water loss and “flushing” must also be accounted for in the costs that are passed along to its customers.
Flushing is the process that clears out water that may not have the appropriate chlorine levels, so as to bring them back to safe levels for consumers.
After a short discussion the board decided to increase the rate hike to 33 cents so that it may cover the increased cost, as well as recover some of the cost for water loss.
According to the annual residential utility rate survey conducted by the East Tennessee Development District, the new rates will place BSUD costs to customers at around average the cost of other utilities in the surrounding areas.