CENTERBURG — With the Oct. 1 switch to Del-Co Water looming ever closer, residents of the Village of Centerburg still have plenty of time to make sure they are signed up.
All village residents must fill out the paperwork by the Oct. 1 closing date, Del-Co business operations manager Kris Dye said. Dye explained that Del-Co is doing everything in their power to make the transition easy and to get all residents signed up for service. Saturday, Sept. 8, Del-Co will host yet another sign-up day. Packets of information have already been sent out to residents and they are encouraged to bring those with them to the sign-up, Dye said, but extras will be available if needed.
Dye noted that all individuals listed on the deed to a property must be present to sign the easements. An easement is a “legal permission slip,” Del-Co Engineering Supervisor Dave Wolf said. An easement will allow Del-Co workers or subcontractors to install waterlines and outside service meters on the resident’s private property. This is done, Wolf explained, so that waterlines and service meters are kept out of the “road right of way line,” which is public property, in order to keep consumer costs low by avoiding run-ins with other construction and utility projects being done within the right of way. Once installed, the “meter crock” will be underground with only a cover lid visible that will ideally lie flush with the ground, Dye explained. Residents will receive notice before the installation occurs, Dye said. Del-Co customers will be responsible for the connection of their service line to the meter, according to the Del-Co information packets sent to village residents.
Thermal expansion tanks will also be required for customers, Wolf said. These tanks, he explained, prevent damage to the hot water tank or plumbing and also, when combined with a small check valve located in the meter crock, prevent water that has gone into a home from returning contaminants to the water main. The expansion tank is backup storage for water, specifically warm water, which expands as it heats up and takes up more space, until it is needed. Without the tank, water pressure from the excess volume of water in the same amount of space can cause damage to a home’s plumbing and hot water tank. Del-Co reimburses customers for the installation of a thermal expansion tank up to $100 once the paperwork is filled out, Wolf said.
The switch to Del-Co, Mayor Dave Beck said, prevented the village from having to build a brand new water plant.
“The problem we have,” Beck said, “is we can’t push — we get enough water — but we can’t get it through the plant to treat it. You’d need a bigger plant to push the water through.”
Water will instead be provided to the village by a Del-Co plant located on Lucerne Road in Fredericktown, Wolf said.
For individuals who are unable to attend the sign-up Saturday, Dye explained that residents can set up a time to meet with Del-Co representatives. Paperwork can also be submitted by mail. Project Manager Natalie Linkous is available to answer any questions or concerns that residents have, Dye said. Linkous can be reached at 419-253-6003, ext. 6605, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information including frequently asked questions, visit delcowater.org.