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Weissport residents may see water shut offs for non payment of sewage bills

Published March 10. 2011 05:00PM

With arrears piling up, members of Weissport Municipal Authority are prepared to shut off water to the residents who are more than three months in arrears in their sewer bill.

"I'm not negotiating with nobody," said Tim Rehrig, chairman. "If they don't pay in full, we are prepared to shut off the water."

Att. Gregory Mousseau, solicitor for the authority said that because the board is a municipal body, they can shut off water even in winter. "You don't have to comply with any regulations," said Att. Mousseau. "You can shut them off."

Weissport residents are assessed a fee of $60 a month for sewer services.

Rehrig said that the authority will be updating their records within the next few days which will provide them with the names of those who are in serious arrears.

Members also discussed having grinder pumps refurbished or replaced. Dennis Moser, authority member, said that a new grinder pump is $1,300 and has a one year warranty, while the authority pays $900 to have a tank refurbished with no warranty. Moser noted that sometimes refurbished tanks break down again within a few weeks.

Members tabled the motion until they could look into where the trouble areas are to see if the new tanks might be a better fit.

Moser also suggested that the authority purchase a low priced digital camera for the grinder repair man to use to photograph grinder pumps when he pulls them apart. Many tanks fail when someone accidently places unauthorized materials into the system. Rehrig noted that one tank had frayed material from blue jeans and a wash cloth, which caused it to clog.

Att. Mousseau said that every tank should be photographed before repair for documentation to show how the damage may have occurred. Rehrig said that any tanks that need repair which were damaged by unauthorized materials will be billed to the residents and the photographs will be proof as to what caused the damage.

"We'll know if the damage was caused by socks or whatever," said Mousseau. "We have notified residents as to what can or cannot be put in the system and now it's time to make people pay who put unauthorized items in the system."

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