NID OKs monthly billing |

NID OKs monthly billing

If you get drinking water from Nevada Irrigation District, you will soon be billed monthly instead of every other month.

NID board members Wednesday approved the new billing method. Finance Manager Tess Andrews said the district will notify customers in February and March with hopes of starting the monthly bills in April.

Andrews said an estimated $21,000 in additional yearly postal fees for the bills could be made up for with better cash flow for the district. The district is also hoping there will be fewer shutoff notices with the new system as bills will be halved and easier to afford.

Andrews said the monthly billing will also help detect leaks quicker. With billing every other month, some leaks were not noticed for up to 60 days.

“Ninety percent of all billings are monthly,” said new Board Chairman John Drew. “It smoothes out the revenue stream.”

Board member George Leipzig said his constituents have commented more about the new billing system than they have about rate increases. Fellow board member Paul Williams said that is probably because Lake Wildwood residents can afford billings once every two months better than those on fixed incomes.

In other business:

• The board approved water lines for the new Highlands low-income housing project in Grass Valley between Dorsey Drive, East Main Street and the Golden Center Freeway.

• Leipzig warned that NID’s water reserves will be the targets of raids from many parties for years to come and that all district officials should be on the lookout.

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