Revised Rate Order

To residents of East Plantation Utility District:

We have not increased the sewer/ water rates for the District since 2016. Unfortunately, the sewer treatment plant, which is over fifty years old and jointly owned by RPMUD and EPUD, will require that substantial repairs be made in 2020. EPUD’s share of the repair cost approaches $400,000. EPUD also needs to repair a major drainage area within the District’s boundaries. The details of the increase are in the attached rate order. The sewer rate will increase $10 per month. The minimum water rate for up to 8,000 gallons per month will not change. The rates above the minimum are detailed in the rate order.

The Board appreciates your understanding of the need for the increase. We still believe that our rates are below the majority of our neighboring providers.

Rate Order (PDF)

Accomplishments

  • Set up a website for the district. Provides contact information, district calendar, meeting agendas and meeting minutes.
  • Implemented a system to accept Credit Card payments.
  • Developing a system to allow each customer to review their balance on line with password protection.
    The same system will allow for on line payments for customer invoices.
    The target date for this system to be operational is the mid-April billing cycle.
  • Generators at each well insure water supply during electric outages from storms.
  • The sewer treatment plant that is jointly owned by RPMUD and EPUD required several updates and repairs as a result of flooding caused by Harvey. These have been completed. In 2019, the districts will need to update the storage tanks at the plant.
  • Joint major sewer trunk lines were relined in 2018. This should minimize sewer line breaches in the future.
  • In the District’s ongoing efforts to reduced water usage, the billing rates were modified to encourage conservation of water.

Water Storage Tank

In March of this year, the district installed an aerator in the water storage tank at the well #2 location.

The purpose of the aerator is to provide improved circulation of the water in the tank prior to pumping the water through the district’s distribution system. This should result in minimizing the odor associated with natural elements in the water that we draw from the aquifer.

To date, the number of complaints has been significantly reduced.