LOWVILLE – Without public comment, the village council approved surcharges for industrial water users at its meeting on Wednesday afternoon.
A weekly surcharge of $ 5,000 for industrial customers pulling at least 900,000 gallons in any given week has now been set.
An additional $ 1,000 will be charged for each day of use of 1.1 million gallons of water, to be increased by $ 500 for each additional 100,000 gallons used in a day.
Currently, the only water customer in the village that will be affected is its largest, Kraft Heinz.
The company has significantly increased its water use from 750,000 to 850,000 gallons per day to between 950,000 and 1.3 million gallons per day since July.
A Kraft Heinz representative at the Chicago headquarters said in an emailed statement that an increase in production is the main cause of the increase in water use.
The village is only allowed to filter 1.4 million gallons of water per day. All other water users combined, including residential, commercial and industrial customers, use approximately 350,000 gallons per day.
After the City Water and Sewer Council meeting on Tuesday evening, Mayor Joseph G. Beagle said the village hopes the surcharge will encourage Kraft to minimize water wastage or take other measures. that will minimize the water they need. still properly supporting their operations, as happened before with wastewater treatment charges.
“You know, Kraft used to pay thousands of dollars in surcharges every month, but the amount got so high that they made changes and now most months they don’t have to pay extra at all. Mr. Beagle said of the wastewater. Processing fee.
In 2017, the company was billed $ 48,750 in February and $ 64,500 in March for exceeding the maximum limits for waste volume, pH and concentration.
A new wastewater payment agreement was negotiated in 2018, with a flat rate for the first 1.1 million gallons of waste treatment per day with surcharges beyond that threshold. The company then reduced its overage charges to a minimum.
The board also approved Kraft’s August and September wastewater treatment supplements of $ 0 and $ 450, at Wednesday’s meeting.
Due to the sudden death last week of the Kraft Heinz representative who normally meets with the village, Mr Beagle said at the council meeting that he was not yet sure who the village would turn to next on this matter.