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Pepper’s Ferry still in the red

Wastewater flow into Pepper’s Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority has been up lately, but the drought still has the authority in the red for the year.
According to Superintendent Mac McCutchan, flow into the plant recently was up to five million gallons per day as a result of the rain and snow. That’s a significant increase over the average of about 3.6 million gallons per day, as well as the budgeted flow of about four million gallons per day.
Nonetheless, Executive Director Clarke Wallcraft said the Authority continues to be $93,000 in the red for the year. That’s an improvement over early February, when the Authority had a $101,000 shortfall, and November 2007 when the shortfall was around $200,000.
Drought conditions over the past few years have reduced flow into the plant – in turn reducing bills to the jurisdictions served by the plant. Reduced bills have resulted in reduced revenue and that has taken a toll on the Authority’s reserve fund, according to Wallcraft.
A year ago, he asked the authority’s board to authorize him to tap into reserve funds to cover a shortfall in the budget. Beginning in July, the jurisdictions began being billed a surcharge in order the repay the reserve account within a required 12-month period.
Wallcraft said February flows were better than January, which was the wettest January on record at the plant since 1999.
"Flows have picked up," he said. "I hope it continues so we can be in the black by the end of the (fiscal) year."
However, he told board members he isn’t optimistic the levels will stay in the five million gallons range for long unless rain or snow continues over an extended period of time.
As a result of the shortfall in revenue, Wallcraft has suggested increasing contingency funds in the Authority’s 2009-10 budget by more than a quarter million dollars in the event the drought should continue.

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Pepper’s Ferry still in the red

Wastewater flow into Pepper’s Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority has been up lately, but the drought still has the authority in the red for the year.
According to Superintendent Mac McCutchan, flow into the plant recently was up to five million gallons per day as a result of the rain and snow. That’s a significant increase over the average of about 3.6 million gallons per day, as well as the budgeted flow of about four million gallons per day.
Nonetheless, Executive Director Clarke Wallcraft said the Authority continues to be $93,000 in the red for the year. That’s an improvement over early February, when the Authority had a $101,000 shortfall, and November 2007 when the shortfall was around $200,000.
Drought conditions over the past few years have reduced flow into the plant – in turn reducing bills to the jurisdictions served by the plant. Reduced bills have resulted in reduced revenue and that has taken a toll on the Authority’s reserve fund, according to Wallcraft.
A year ago, he asked the authority’s board to authorize him to tap into reserve funds to cover a shortfall in the budget. Beginning in July, the jurisdictions began being billed a surcharge in order the repay the reserve account within a required 12-month period.
Wallcraft said February flows were better than January, which was the wettest January on record at the plant since 1999.
"Flows have picked up," he said. "I hope it continues so we can be in the black by the end of the (fiscal) year."
However, he told board members he isn’t optimistic the levels will stay in the five million gallons range for long unless rain or snow continues over an extended period of time.
As a result of the shortfall in revenue, Wallcraft has suggested increasing contingency funds in the Authority’s 2009-10 budget by more than a quarter million dollars in the event the drought should continue.

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