Three Cheers For The Pswid Board

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Editor:

The Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District Board successfully negotiated the purchase of the water companies from Brooke Utilities. Since the citizens of Pine and Strawberry became owners of these water companies, the board stopped water hauling and charging water hauling surcharges.

Stage 1 water conservation levels have been maintained. The water meter moratorium was lifted. The nine-member staff implemented a more reliable meter reading and billing system. There is a local office and local people to handle customer service needs.

The interim manager is from CH2M Hill, an international company which has helped many utility companies like PSWID to grow properly, outside of political influence.

The board has retained CH2M Hill, a professional water management company, for the next four years.

CH2M Hill has managed the Prescott Valley system for over 15 years.

The PSWID field staff has made countless repairs, stopping leaks which were ongoing for years, and that has helped increase the Pine and Strawberry water supplies. The field staff has also significantly improved the water output of the currently existing wells.

The PSWID board, subject to due diligence, is in the process of adding additional water sources to ensure an uninterrupted and ample supply of water.

As a new water company, Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District has had to struggle through some growing pains. However, after reading the above accomplishments, they should be commended for heading upward, onward and in the right direction.

Pat Kolasinski

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