SPRINGHILL – The well will run dry for 150 water utility users here in Springhill tomorrow.
The Town of Springhill issued more than 500 final notices for customers to make arrangements on their water bills or lose the service but only 350 took action.
On Tuesday, the remaining 150 can expect to see public works employees and backhoes on their lawns if they don’t react in the next 24 hours.
“One of the things I want to stress is this council wants the water utility to be self-sufficient,” Springhill mayor Allen Dill said. “Springhill has a modern water treatment plant that gives good, clean water and there is a cost to maintaining that.”
The water utility is still operating under a deficit since the building of the water treatment plant, the mayor said, and an application to raise water taxes to get that deficit under control was recently approved by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. The success of making the utility sustainable, however, is on taxpayers as well as staff.
“In order to make the utility sustainable people have to pay their taxes or the utility and taxpayers incur the burden.”
At the end of the day, the mayor said, the town has to be fiscally responsible as to its taxpayers. Someone who doesn’t maintain their car payments can expect to have their vehicle repossessed and shutting off the water on a household that fails to pay its taxes is no different.Presently, town hall is still accepting payments-in-full on accounts and in some instances might be able to negotiate arrangements