KEYSER - After being in arrears for some time due to a change in the way they are being billed, New Creek Public Service District has paid its sewer bill in full.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - After being in arrears for some time due to a change in the way they are being billed, New Creek Public Service District has paid its sewer bill in full.
Keyser city administrator Randy Amtower confirmed this week that New Creek is paid up and current with the bill for the sewage the town sends to Keyser to be treated.
Ever since Keyser has accepted sewage from New Creek, they billed the PSD a percentage for the service based on the amount of water New Creek had used.
The practice did not, however, take into account any additional water flowing into New Creek’s system - through leaks, infiltration of rainwater or other sources.
Approximately two years ago, as part of Keyser’s water and sewer upgrade, the city installed a flow meter which measures the actual amount of sewage flowing from New Creek into Keyser’s treatment plant.
According to Amtower, where the City of Keyser had been billing New Creek for 7 million gallons in one example, they had actually treated 11.3 million gallons.
As a result, the New Creek PSD saw a gargantuan jump in the cost of treating their sewage.
According to Henry Wood, a member of the New Creek PSD board who has been working with Amtower to find a solution to the problem, “billings to New Creek jumped from $15,000-$20,000 to $62,000.”
Since the jump in costs, Wood has been working diligently with PSD chairman Dennis Fleming and Amtower in what he has called a “good neighbor policy” in order to get New Creek’s bills caught up.
He praises Amtower and the City of Keyser employees for all the time and effort they have put in to helping New Creek get the situation resolved.
Wood also continues to work with PSD employees to seek out and eliminate the sources of inflow and infiltration (known as I&I) of excess water into the system.
He praises the New Creek employees, as well, for all they have done to work together toward a solution.