Will Tewksbury Water Rates Triple In Coming Years?

New report indicates the price tag to fix the country's crumbling water infrastructure could top $1trillion.

When the Board of Selectmen meets tonight one of the topics in the report from Town Manager Richard Montuori will be the water and sewer enterprise funds and the accompanying rates for Fiscal Year 2013.

Montuori has stated candidly that residents can expect rate increases for the upcoming year. But if a new report from the American Water Works Association (attached PDF) is to be believed, things will get significantly worse over the next 25 years.

According to the report, the water infrastructure in some sections of the country is in desperate need of updating and the price tag could top $1 trillion. Communities that delay repairs will face greater costs. A story in the Washington Examiner, citing the AWWA report, said the water infrastructure repair costs could rise from $13 billion per year in 2013 to roughly by 2040.

According to the AWWA, the bill for these repairs will most likely be paid by residents in the form of water bills that could triple.

Montuori and DPW Superintendent Brian Gilbert have spoken repeatedly about the need to update water lines in most sections of Tewksbury. On several occasions, Gilbert has blamed water line ruptures on outdated piping.

Tonight's meeting is scheduled to begin at 7  p.m. at Town Hall.

malcolm nichols February 29, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Remember our town manager and dpw manager told us this was coming over a year ago and that it was going to drive up the water usage rates dramatically.That is part of the reason they suggested the transfer of half the existing costs over to the property bill side to make way for these maintenance & repair costs. We cannot sell bonds to pay for this maintenace!! Tewksbury is overleveraged with way to much debt already!!! This burden must be paid with the water rate!!!! Maybe we should use our "green energy grants to help pay" sounds like a green cause to me. PS don't forget our state stormwater management obligations we need to be saving for.
Dan February 29, 2012 at 05:13 PM
How about instead of a new soccer field at Gitmo, they send the money here!!! Years go by and I never see any of these pol's think outside of the box to save the people who pay their salery a buck. I thought we were hit over the head with the last increase, then a guy comes along and wants to build a state of the art field at the highschool, and becuse he can't get enought donations, comes looking to the taxpayers who just built a new high school. Election time is coming and maybe time to move these Tunnel vision selectmen we have out!!!
mike t March 05, 2012 at 06:50 AM
I don't care what the AWWA says regarding the rest of the country's infrastructure. I care about Tewksbury's infrastructure. We replace lines on an as needed basis so don't claim the sky is falling chicken little! Montuori is using this general form letter blanket statement from the AWWA to justify his incompetence! This should be a wake up call to stop misappropriating funds. It is time Montuori gave each of us taxpayers an itemized balance sheet of where our money is going. It is time we petition and vote to remove "Enterprise Funding". If we know we have infrastructure improvement costs coming then why use water and sewer fees for other uses?? Use ALL of the fees collected for the water and sewer system ONLY Montuori!! Then when the sky really starts to fall we will have the funding to fix it.
R Miano March 15, 2012 at 05:43 PM
If my water bills continues to go up I will have to start digging a hole to collect free water. This town is unreal.
Valerie Ayer April 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM
What i can't understand is why I used less water this time but my bill is higher and the rates were the same as the last bill? Who made up this formula to figure out the cost of the water bill? I get charged the rate per gallon amount I used then this bill I get charged the next tier because they added the usage together? Isn't this double charging on my last bills usage?


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