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Posted on: August 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Webster Sewer Plants: in-depth analysis from Supervisor Tom Flaherty

Potential Regionalization of Village and Town of Webster Sewer Plants: in-depth analysis from Supervisor Tom Flaherty

Equivalent Dwelling Units (EDU’s) and the associated costs for Sewer users:

The chart below was presented as part of a presentation on August 19th by engineers on behalf of the Village and Town of Webster.  

Two main points are reflected in the charts:

1. The Village plant currently has over 50% of their EDU’s coming from Xerox. A regional plant would reduce that to under 20%. Such a reduction is a good way to manage cost risk in the future, per EDU user. The "Village only" plant option estimates for the next 20 years assumes Xerox will always have that 50%+ EDU’s of their total. If Xerox ever goes away, the Village citizens would have to make up the costs of those lost EDU’s and possibly double the cost per EDU. Conversely, a regional schematic would result in ALL Town and Village residents absorbing that loss of the Xerox EDU’s, but at a less than 20% increase in cost of the EDU.

2. The Village’s current EDU charge is $150, and the Town’s charge is $187 (The engineers articulated this on the Zoom meeting and noted that the $173 shown on the slide was in error). The misconception about "what a municipality charges on its current EDU" is that it actually equates to what running the sewer plant costs.

The two main factors of setting the EDU rate by a municipality are:

1. What the costs are and spreading that cost over the EDUs and,

2. Does the municipality want to build reserves for repairs and emergencies in the future?

If they do, they will set the EDU charge higher. The Village until 5 years ago never had an EDU calculation. Therefore, their current $150 EDU charge may not accurately reflect what the cost of running the plant is, or whether a conscious decision was made to set it at a level to build reserves. The Town has had EDU charges for 30+ years, so they have more historical data on how the rate is set year-to-year. 30+ years ago the EDU cost was over $200.  Today it is less, due to a combination of more EDU’s to spread it over as the Town grew and/or a change to the reserve.

To view the entire presentation video:

WWTP Slide 26

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