Upper Milford Central and Madison Park North, residential authority customers pay $2.17 per 1,000 gallons. Allentown’s rate is a flat $3.10 per 1,000 gallons.
Chris Casey makes a related point, that the people whose rates would go up most under Ed Pawlowski’s water and sewer privatization plan are going to be the people who are currently getting underpriced water, and that’s not Allentown:
But I will point out an inconvenient truth or two. One is that a private operator more than likely will raise rates to recoup their investment, indirectly causing issues for suburban water customers of the Lehigh County Authority. If you don’t believe that could happen READ THIS
And I just don’t mean homeowners, I mean industrial users as well [...]
And that is where the money will start talking. There are three Upper mac industrial tenants that I can name right off the bat that use Lehigh County Authority water at their facilities, Coca-Cola, Nestle Waters, and soon Ocean Spray. How do you think rising water rates would push their bottom line?
As a land use policy this would of course be great, since underpriced water and sewer infrastructure are key subsidies for fiscally irresponsible sprawl development – a trend local governments would be wise to halt.
As a water infrastructure policy, I don’t favor the privatization plan. I would prefer to see Renew LV’s plan for a regional water authority implemented, which would save between $40-60 million each year before 2020. Could Allentown join the Lehigh County Authority after the water and sewer systems are privatized?