Water rates to increase for some residents in Moriah

Village decision impacts district 3

— A group of Moriah water customers are in line for a price hike — and there’s nothing town officials can do about it.

Water District 3, which serves 14 homes along Route 9N/22 south of Port Henry, will pay more for water beginning in May.

Since the district is separated from Moriah’s other water districts by the village of Port Henry, the town buys water from the village to service the area.

Port Henry, citing financial loses in its water operation, is raising rates in the village by 39 percent, from $3.89 per 1,000 gallons to $5.40. The village is also increasing the rate it charges Moriah for water going to District 3. The town will pass that price increase along to customers, Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said.

“The residents there will see a substantial increase in their cost for water,” Scozzafava said of District 3. “The town board has no control over this.”

Even with the price increase, Scozzafava said, it’s cheaper to buy water from the village than to attempt to connect District 3 with other Moriah water systems.

The district doesn’t have water meters now, so the annual user charge will go from $334 to $465, the same 39 percent increase village residents are getting.

There will be public hearing on the rate increase Thursday, Nov. 10, at 5:40 p.m. at the Moriah courthouse, adjacent to the town hall at Park Place in Port Henry.

Individual water meters will be installed in the future, Scozzafava said.

“In fairness to the people in that district, we’ll install meters,” Scozzafava said. “People should only pay for what they actually use.”

Once meters are installed, the gallon rate will be used instead, he said.

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