Important Information

New water main is being installed to provide public water service to areas affected by PFAS contamination. The project includes running services into each home if requested by the homeowner at this time.

Service request forms with instructions will be mailed to residents.

All work is proposed to be completed before November 30, 2020.

Richland Township – New Water Main Project

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The contractor has finished installing all the water main and are working on the street side water services (water main to the property line). With winter weather almost here, the contractor will soon be shutting down for the season. In the spring as soon as weather permits, the property owners will be contacted by the contractor’s plumber for appointments to get into the homes and plan out the internal connections. Any services not connected this year will be taken care of as soon as weather allows in the spring.

Preliminary restoration is almost done and we recognize that water is collecting in some areas. However as soon as grass begins to grow, the amount of water runoff should reduce significantly and puddles should go away. Since we will not get any real grass growth this year, we will be back in the spring and fix whatever needs to be taken care of as soon as weather allows. The contractor is not going to try to do much more detailed restoration work as they will make a mess and do more harm than good because we are out of the growing season.

We are not done with the project and if something needs to be addressed, we will be back in the spring to get all the detail work taken care of. What is being done now is just to button up the areas before winter. It is not the final restoration effort yet.

Water Service Charges

We have had several questions regarding potential water service charges when connecting to the public water system. Noted below are a few average costs. Please note that your exact costs will vary with your specific water use.

Water bills show two primary charges: Water Availability (pays for things like water tanks, water treatment, etc.) and Water Use (individual water use in a home). Water Availability for a residence is typically around $45 per quarter. Water use is charged at $0.66 per cubic meter of water (about 265 gallons). For an average residential user, that would be around $45 per quarter. So, a total bill for the average resident would be around $90 each quarter (every three months.)

Additional water uses could include watering a ½ acre lot with ½” of water, which costs around $10 per watering, or filling an average pool, which has around 20,000 gallons and costs around $50 to fill.

What to Expect Next Week

Tree trimming will be completed, and installation of the water main on D Avenue will begin on Wednesday, September 9. Water main installation on D Avenue should take approximately three weeks and then service connections to the homes can begin. Please return your service request forms as soon as possible so your connection can be scheduled.