XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Greene County plans to walk away from its water contract with the city of Xenia when it expires now that negotiations have officially dried up between the two.
They’re currently in the final two years of their 20 year contract where the city supplies the county with water for Cedarville, Wilberforce and Shawnee Hills.
Instead of renewing their contract with the city, the county plans to move forward with building their own $5.5 million dollar water system.
After reviewing the numbers, county leaders determined Greene County is losing $150,000 annually from the deal.
Losing the water contract with the county will become a $700,000 hit to the city, which would potentially create a significant increase on water bills for xenia residents.
City manager Brent Merriman said they’re considering their options to minimize the impact on local residents.
“Well there will be some impact. It’s a revenue source that traditionally has helped us to be able to reinvest in our system and keep our residential rates a little lower. We feel at the end of the day, that while it’s an impact it’s not a catastrophic impact. We’re able to presently and we project moving forward we’ll be able to maintain a very competitive water rate for our local residents,” Merriman said.
The contract expires in June 2018. No word yet on when the county will begin construction on the new water system.