Water Facts

Published 2:06 pm Sunday, December 7, 2014

• The city supplies water for approximately .004 cents per gallon and treats sewer for .004 cents per gallon, or 2.5 gallons of water for one cent.

• If people choose to hook up to city water during the construction phase, the city will offer free water taps which cost about $1,000. If a household decides to join after the construction, they will be responsible for purchasing their own water tap.

• If a sewer line is placed within 200 feet of a home, the home is required to join the city sewage system.

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• If a home decides not to join the city water system and a well runs dry, they will not be allowed to dig a new well within the city.

• Brookhaven water and sewer rates combined are approximately $9 less than surrounding communities of equal size on a monthly basis.

• Joining the city water and sewage system will offer 24-hour service, increase fire protection resulting in lower insurance rates and increase water pressure

• There will be an increased rate after construction that will be shared by all taxpayers estimated to be $4.50 for water and $4 for sewer spread out over the three year construction period.

• You can keep your water well for irrigation or other uses and well repairs can be made, but a new well may not be drilled.

• Engineering and construction for the water and sewer services may take up to three years to complete.

• Property taxes do not cover water and sewer services by state law.