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Water rate hike planned
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING – The San Jacinto Special Utility District is planning to construct a new well site which will include a new 200,000 gallon elevated storage tank, 14 inch groundwater well and new pump and disinfection house. The utility district currently operates four well, two with elevated tanks, one with a ground storage tank and one that is a direct feed into the system, according to Jason Knobloch, general manager. The new well will be located on South Sierra off Hwy. 150 toward Shepherd. Knobloch said the utility district currently serves 1,150 taps. “We are close to maximum capacity of storage by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regulations which is forcing us to have a new well and storage tank,” Knobloch said. The loan amount for the well is $1.5 million which will be fi nanced through a USDA Rural Development loan. “Our board decided to raise the minimum $2 per month and 50-cent per thousand usage fee during its July 25 meeting,” he said. The fee increase goes into effect Sept. 1, 2011. “Notices are being put on the bills this month to make our customers aware in advance,” he said. “The raise alone will not generate enough revenue to pay a monthly cost/payment that will go with a loan this size but we are trying to keep it as low as we can for customers on fi xed incomes,” Knobloch said. A public meeting of the utility district will be held at the district’s office, located at 70 Church Avenue in Coldspring, on Aug. 22, beginning at 7 p.m.