State panel restores increases in Graniteville water rates

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009 2:48 PM
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COLUMBIA -- It does not appear Graniteville residents will get lower water rates, despite the efforts of local lawmakers.

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Linda Hodges and her husband Ken, of Vaucluse, speak with Rep. Tom Young, R-Aiken, outside the hearing room. On Wednesday, the S.C. Public Service Commission voted to reimpose Avondale Mills' higher rates, which had caused the Hodges' water bill to increase from $5.05 to $69.  Sarita Chourey/ Morris News Service
Sarita Chourey/ Morris News Service
Linda Hodges and her husband Ken, of Vaucluse, speak with Rep. Tom Young, R-Aiken, outside the hearing room. On Wednesday, the S.C. Public Service Commission voted to reimpose Avondale Mills' higher rates, which had caused the Hodges' water bill to increase from $5.05 to $69.

The state Public Service Commission decided this afternoon to return the water rates to the higher levels that had alarmed many residents when they got their latest bills.

The panel took the action after negotiations between Avondale Mills and local lawmakers could not provide a compromise.

Last week the PSC voted to temporarily suspend the new rates pending today's meeting. The new rates, which were approved by the PSC in June, were requested by Avondale Mills, the company that oversees the Graniteville water system.

Avondale officials argued that since mill operations ceased in the area they had been losing money subsidizing the water system. They said the rate increases were needed to help the company break even, adding that customers were given a 60-day notice and there were two public meetings on the topic.

But state Rep. Roland Smith, R-Warrenville, said residents didn't know when the new rates would be enforced and didn't have time to adjust their usage before they received the first bills reflecting the higher rate on July 31.

In some cases, bills were hundreds of dollars higher.

The PSC does not have another meeting scheduled until October.

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Big_vike
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Big_vike 08/12/09 - 07:37 pm
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I am looking right now if

I am looking right now if WJBF still has the link up for the video of the Graniteville resident showing his backyard complaining about how all of it was going to die, and they said his water bill was for 45000 gallons, he must have one heck of a slow drip, or be one for that matter. Secondly kimsmad who cares if you have a college degree? So do I, so does everyone else in my family, the world is full of intelligent people with no common sense, evidently there is a large pocket in Graniteville, how bout putting that degree to use and working a better budget to pay for your water?

Carefree
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Carefree 08/12/09 - 07:49 pm
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Ok Big Vike one resident

Ok Big Vike one resident received a bill for 85000 gallons which is approximately 3000 gallons a day. What is you opinion because this is an important question about whether or not we should seriously be responding to any further comments from you. It's important for you to understand i'm not bashing you here i just really am interested in what you think. What is logical in believing that 3000 gallons of water was used a day for thirty days by one residential household. Can you answer this one question without bashing only using logic. Can you also tell us how often you have witnessed a graniteville meter being read and how old the meters are of the person with 45000 and 85000 gallons usage and can you tell me how often those individuals had their meters read? Can anyone tell me the answer to those questions based on facts or are you just here to bash people because you don't have anything better to do? I would like answers to all of that no just bashing.

obamtheflimflamman
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obamtheflimflamman 08/12/09 - 07:51 pm
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I agree with the

I agree with the granitesville residents. It sucks. My take on it would be dig your own well and tell them to stuff it!

KSL
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KSL 08/12/09 - 07:58 pm
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Well AND septic tank would be

Well AND septic tank would be impossible on many of the lots in Graniteville right around the old mills. Admittedly there are a lot of questions to be answered. Rates have been subsidized for years.

Big_vike
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Big_vike 08/12/09 - 07:59 pm
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Of course, its everyone elses

Of course, its everyone elses fault but yours, my neighbor used 25000 gallons in one day! When he lost a sprinkler head overnight, it happens. But for Graniteville its evil meter readers, faulty meters, anything and everything except excess usage right? Your paying the rates, or your digging a well your choice, either way as far as most of us are concerned your finally paying your fair share after 28 years of not paying what the rest of us have been. Please, don't let my "bashing" stop your whining, its a much cooler way to use energy than digging that well your going to need.

obamtheflimflamman
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obamtheflimflamman 08/12/09 - 08:12 pm
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Vike, give it a rest. Ksl, a

Vike, give it a rest. Ksl, a well might not work because of pollution or too close to a septic tank. Why doesn't the city buy the waterworks, or confiscate under imminent domain?

Carefree
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Carefree 08/12/09 - 08:17 pm
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Well i guess the answer is we

Well i guess the answer is we just need to suck it up and bail avondale out. I guess that's what it's like to bail companies out the same way the stimulus package and cars for clunkers programs did. Bail out that's what every american company is seeking in one way or another now. Why is it that Breezy Hill water company that i was on for over 15years who never charged my household more than $13 a month can make money while avondale couldn't. Breezy Hill who hasn't been a part of this topic and who supplies water to the other half of Graniteville. I'll tell you why good business. Avondale chose to not install meters on half the residents.Avondale chose to not send one of it's 4 water employees around to read meters. The only reason avondale cares now is to force a buyout!Felker is nothing like his father. He's a snake. He and we know what snakes he hangs with and when they come to take our properties he's gonna find that we are going to stomp them under our feet where the snakes belong. It's so nice how this has Wyatt Development and Fine Deering organized written all over it.

The Ode
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The Ode 08/12/09 - 08:39 pm
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obam - what "city" do you

obam - what "city" do you expect to buy the waterworks and why would they? Graniteville has refused to incorporate and take responsibility for themselves. They just want to blame others and play the woe is me victim card. And kim just give it up. You don't live in North Augusta or Aiken. You don't pay the city taxes. You chose to live where you live and choices have consequences.

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Jake 08/12/09 - 08:44 pm
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Some of these monthly

Some of these monthly consumption rates seem way out of line. We use a little over 11,000 gallons a month in the summer and where I live (SF Bay area) it never rains from May till October. There are 4 people in my house including wife, teen daughter and son. Someone must be wasting a lot of water in Graniteville. Fresh water may one day become like oil if global warming trends continue.

Carefree
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Carefree 08/12/09 - 08:48 pm
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the ode::::>>>>still

the ode::::>>>>still boring!!!!

The Ode
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The Ode 08/12/09 - 08:56 pm
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Yet you still reply to each

Yet you still reply to each and every one of them. Maybe you should dedicate some of your time away from idolizing me and go get another job so you can pay your water bill instead of bytching about how life isn't fair.

Carefree
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Carefree 08/12/09 - 08:58 pm
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The Ode ===>>>> LOL STILL

The Ode ===>>>> LOL STILL BORING! At least through all this characters like you amuse us!LOL

wildman
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wildman 08/12/09 - 09:05 pm
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I agree with some of ode's

I agree with some of ode's comments, no one complained when you were getting away with using all the water you needed and paid little or nothing for it. On the other side, the rate hike is a bit extreme but that company does not owe you free or discounted water for the rest of your life. Belly up like the rest of us!

Carefree
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Carefree 08/12/09 - 09:09 pm
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I've got it we are going into

I've got it we are going into the port-a-potty business!It's the next big thing! People in Graniteville can all put port-a-potties in their yard!It's a fix and hey it'll smell just like it did here when the mills were running!That's it!There is a solution!

ProudToBeFromGraniteville
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ProudToBeFromGraniteville 08/12/09 - 09:18 pm
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HOW MANY TIMES DO WE HAVE TO

HOW MANY TIMES DO WE HAVE TO SAY IT?!?!?! We will be glad to pay rates that are in line with other communities in the area... comparable to Breezy Hill or the Valley Water Service. We understand that the rates we had were low. We agree and were ok with an increase, but not an increase like this. For all of you that keep saying something about us paying low rates for years... I'm sure all of you would have been the first ones in the Avondale office saying "please charge me more"... yeah right. Next time you go out to dinner, tell the manager they didn't charge you enough! Makes about as much sense.

ProudToBeFromGraniteville
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ProudToBeFromGraniteville 08/12/09 - 09:38 pm
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There are 2 adults, one child

There are 2 adults, one child and one baby in my house. My bill said we used 48000 gallons. We don't have any leaks or any of that crap you're saying... is that even possible to use that much? We looked at our old bills, we average 7000 gallons in the winter and 15000 in the summer when we water our grass. And why would someone want to fault me for watering my grass? We want our yard to look nice, is that a crime? I am willing to pay for it, but not $342. There are plenty of people everywhere who water their grass and they don't pay that much. GIVE ME A BREAK!

kimsmad
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kimsmad 08/12/09 - 09:50 pm
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Big Vike, the only reason I

Big Vike, the only reason I stated mine and my husband's education is that it has been made to seem that Graniteville people are poor, low class moochers. I live in a nice house on a nice street and pay all my bills with no govt. assistance. I would like to dispel the stereotype that has been given to those living in Graniteville. There is no point in addressing you anymore as you don't understand perfectly clear logic in my post. Buh-bye!

KSL
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KSL 08/12/09 - 09:55 pm
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obam, there is no city.

obam, there is no city. Graniteville in unincorporated.

Carefree
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Carefree 08/12/09 - 09:59 pm
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LOL!I'm about to pee in my

LOL!I'm about to pee in my pants that's not good though flushing around here is like pouring gold down the toilet. Honestly it's going to be so funny when the 24th rolls around and it's time for us to pay our water bills. Can you imagine how famous the water guys are going to feel if they actually come this time considering people are going to be ready to take their picture and the picture of what the meters say that day. Wonder how they'll feel the next month when if they come we are waiting on them again. I'm going to have a whole scrapbook dedicated to the time when avondale water employees actually came to work!

KSL
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KSL 08/12/09 - 10:00 pm
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Proud, your system may not be

Proud, your system may not be up to snuff compared to neighboring systems with lower rates. There are many, many mandates, believe it or not, coming down all the way from the Feds through the states and locally DHEC. The Graniteville system has been a private system. Upgrades probably need to be made. You have enjoyed lower rates than neighboring systems and unfortunately it may be time to pay the piper.

kimsmad
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kimsmad 08/12/09 - 10:02 pm
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To Graniteville Res and Proud

To Graniteville Res and Proud to Be, it's a lost cause. These people are just on here to argue for the sake of arguing--they must have nothing else to. Someone with INTELLIGENCE and common sense would go back to our posts and get it. And Vike, you are absolutely right about it not mattering if you have a college degree or not, b/c you have one and apparently no COMMON SENSE.
Peace out.

KSL
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KSL 08/12/09 - 10:03 pm
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Most places that have really

Most places that have really low water rates are out of spec with the state requirements. Lots of other systems in Aiken County have had to go through this pain and raise their rates to get their systems in spec.

sassygirl12
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sassygirl12 08/12/09 - 10:03 pm
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that is sad that these

that is sad that these people have to pay this high price water bills..i would contact the national news and put it out there and see what they have to say about it

Carefree
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Carefree 08/12/09 - 10:06 pm
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I've contacted some pretty

I've contacted some pretty high profile attorneys in the last week. It's amazing how wonderful that can be. I'm coming for you Felker!

KSL
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KSL 08/12/09 - 10:07 pm
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sassy, wait for the full

sassy, wait for the full info. What you have read is only what people have claimed.

Carefree
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Carefree 08/12/09 - 10:12 pm
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I agree sassy as a resident

I agree sassy as a resident of Graniteville you just wait and see what happens!

KSL
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KSL 08/12/09 - 10:44 pm
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The problem is that the

The problem is that the Graniteville system of water and sewer needs updating and it's going to cost some amount of money. Frankly I think the citizens of Graniteville should join the current water and sewer economy and anti-up some of that cost and quit bellyaching. Other water systems in this county went through this years ago.

ProudToBeFromGraniteville
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ProudToBeFromGraniteville 08/12/09 - 10:47 pm
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yeah but you dont pay $300 or

yeah but you dont pay $300 or more. I'm through. I could care less what you people think of the situation.

Big_vike
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Big_vike 08/12/09 - 10:58 pm
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It seemed like you were

It seemed like you were bragging to me, as if having a college degree in Graniteville makes you an expert, higher of value than your neighbors and that your opinion is more valuable than someone who doesn't have a degree. As a matter of fact it makes you more of the problem, you feel that as an educated person, your opinion is valid, you must be heard, YOU WILL BE HEARD! but its over, the board has spoken, you will pay the rates and bills as set until the next board meets. Now you are whining, call it by its educated term "having a discussion" but in the real world its whining. Your not getting what you want, you don't like it, and your stomping your feet and throwing a fit. Meanwhile your bill is still due, you will pay it, or else. You want us to sympathize, but the only example for the rest of us to see is one of your neighbors complaining that he can't fill his POOL, and he can't water plants that have no business in Georgia. Why do we owe you anything but ridicule. You had your cheap water, your community has not had a water rate rise in 28 years, mine rose twice last year, and the year before that. I wish I could afford a POOL that I couldn't afford the water for.

Carefree
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Carefree 08/12/09 - 11:03 pm
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Big Vike i'm only pouting

Big Vike i'm only pouting cause i can't poop without it costing me $10 bucks that's steep to send poop down down the toilet don't you think?

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