PRWID discusses county water use
In the past Carbon County has been able to pay for much of its water usage through services it provided to the Price River Water Improvement District (PRWID). However, PRWID has discovered that an equity gap possibly exists between it and the county for payment of services.
That was one of many issues discussed during the May 19th PRWID meeting, where possible actions concerning the situation were discussed.
Part of the problem is that PRWID does not have a clear picture of how much water the county is using and because of this, further action is pending until more information can be gathered.
"I think we ought to go on a blitz and read some meters, like at the events center," said boardmember Mike Dalpiaz during the meeting.
However, according to district manager Jeffrey Richens, PRWID wants to continue the exchange of services, because in the end it is good for everyone. But he says that the board wants to make sure that PRWID's users are getting a fair exchange too.
In the past, the situation between PRWID and the county has been "informal," and more of a gentlemen's agreement, according to Dalpiaz. The agreement is expected to continue, but in a more formal manner.
"We need to make it black and white," said boardmember Keith Cox during the meeting.
One of the changes may include reading water meters on a more periodic basis. Although the meters have been in place and read in the past, the schedule for reading them has not been very specific according to Richens.
County Commissioner Bill Krompel, said that he'd be happy to take a look at whatever PRWID puts together, and adds that the county "just wants to be good neighbors, and maybe they (PRWID) want to formalize things a little, but hopefully we can continue to work together."
Currently a report on water usage is being compiled and when completed will be presented to both PRWID and the county, possibly as soon as June.
During the meeting the PRWID board also considered an internship program provided by the Department of Workforce Services in which an individual will be paid 80 percent of what PRWID would pay to a new employee. The internship will be open to individuals ages 18 to 24 who want to learn a workforce skill. PRWID will probably have three to four positions available. As to what the interns will do at PRWID, Dalpiaz said it would be good to let them "float around," to find a specific skill or job that they would like to pursue further.
The county as a whole has the option for around 18 total internships that will be divided among various entities.