Regional Water Rate Study Released
On June 15, TMACOG, with partners the City of Toledo and Lucas County, released a consultant’s report comparing water rates under three different scenarios. The study is one of several in the region that will provide tools for local governments and to TMACOG’s Regional Water Planning Committee as discussions about regional water supply go forward.
The water rate study is an attempt to show the costs of water supply and local costs (distribution, billing, metering, etc.) as separate items in three scenarios.
• First, the cost of water to Toledo residents if all current customer jurisdictions* leave and find another source of water.
• Second, the cost of water to all of the current customers if they build their own water supply and treatment system and operate it without City of Toledo customers.
• Third, a regional water supply and treatment system to serve all the currently contracted communities AND the City of Toledo in a way that water is provided to all users at a level cost.
The study does not make recommendations or conclusions. That wasn’t the intent. The goal of this study was to estimate rate consequences under these scenarios. People who are looking at options for public water supply recognize that rates are just one factor in decision making. They will also be weighing sustainability, efficiency, redundancy, and governance of various options.
The rate study and other upcoming reports will be tools for TMACOG’s Regional Water Planning Committee led by TMACOG Chair and Mayor of the City of Sylvania, Craig Stough. That committee is staffed by elected officials who are specifically looking at water supply issues. The other water studies expected soon were commissioned by the City of Sylvania and the Wood County Economic Development Commission.
The TMACOG water rate study was prepared by Environmental Rate Consultants, Inc., with Poggemeyer Design Group and T. Parker & Company. It was funded by a grant from the Local Government Innovation Fund and by Lucas County and the City of Toledo. See the study, a summary, and frequently asked questions on the home page of www.tmacog.org.
* The jurisdictions that currently buy water from Toledo are the cities of Maumee, Perrysburg, Sylvania, and Waterville; Fulton County, Lucas County, Northwestern Water and Sewer District (much of Wood County), and Monroe County; and the village of Whitehouse.