justread posted at 06:59:37 AM on Aug 27, 2014:
I know they come on the same bill, but there seems to be confusion in the community between the water department and the wastewater treatment and sewer system. Someone correct me if I don't have this quite right.
The Waterways Initiative is the result of the agreement we have with the EPA to reduce and eliminate combined sewer overflow discharges. While they have a very indirect impact on the drinking water quality, (the cleaner the lake water is, the easier it is to treat) this is the sanitary/storm systems. This is to keep poo out of the river, as opposed to your faucet.
Having clean water in your home is a different plant, and a different project.
As they are billed on the same document, information comes from the same website, and my funds go to the same place, whether I am paying for water or sewer, call me cynical to believe that additional funds requested will be 100% segregated for sewer/wastewater treatment.
So, my question stands: how much money is owed to this department by delinquents? How much of this additional could be discounted by simply collecting some of what is owed? Because, simply judging by stories from our neighbor up the road and other stories linked to here about other Toledo taxes (property) that appear to be viewed by many in the community as optional, I want to know how much I'm soaking up for those who don't pay.
But, given the stellar reputation of the water department and its top-notch long-term maintenance plans over the years, I'm sure my fears of massive money waste and non-collection are completely unfounded.