The Grand Water and Sewer Service Agency board voted April 26 to increase the rate for use of the special service district’s stationary hydrants from $5.50 to $7.75 per 1,000 gallons.
“We’ve had a big influx of folks coming to the hydrants to get water for trucks, mostly for construction purposes,” said GWSSA Manager Dana Van Horn.
According to Van Horn, stationary hydrants are used to supply water by the truckload, mainly for construction site dust control and ground compaction.
The county’s new rate matches the city rate. Van Horn noted that when people are using the hydrant, they are using about 400 gallons per minute. The pump the agency usually uses can only supply 500 gallons per minute, so when the hydrant is providing water they have to turn on a larger, more expensive pump.
“These folks will be helping to pay that portion of the bill that we wouldn’t be using if they weren’t here,” Van Horn said. “Though it may not cover the full cost.”
The agency board voted unanimously to approve the fee hike.
“I’m hoping that matching it for the moment will be adequate until that rate study that [the Rural Community Assistance Corporation] is doing with the project comes through and they have a chance to evaluate it using their tools so I’m hoping that for the next few months, that will be sufficient,” Van Horn said.