Upgrades Are Necessary But Come With a Price
Many of our local towns are in the process of getting their water services upgraded to better meet the needs of their citizens. Sistersville is currently working out details of either purchasing water through Friendly PSD, or by building a new plant. Middlebourne has a water project ready, but it has been delayed due to mussels, bats, and other natural occurrences. Paden City is discussing getting new water meters to better control the amount of water used by the city. These are all necessary upgrades, but the thing that the residents don’t want to hear is the word “increase”. If these projects are to go through, then there will most likely be increases in water rates to cover the cost of these projects. Mayor Rice of Sistersville is adamant about not raising the water rates, but will he have that option? Middlebourne has already raised their water rates to meet the costs of their proposed project. Paden City does not meter their water, which has allowed an over consumption of water to take place, which is costing the city. It is often the case that a rate increase in put into effect shortly after a major project to make up revenue, much to the dismay of residents. No one likes to have rates increased, but it is an essential part of moving forward. Big projects don’t just happen on their own. They must be funded, and funded by the people getting the majority of the use from them. It is time to look at the things we need in our communities, and realize there’s a price to pay to get the ball rolling in direction of progress.