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Worthington utility discloses financials

WORTHINGTON -- During Monday's Worthington Public Utilities Water and Light Commission meeting, the group was presented an update on the financials through the first seven months.

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The electric department had a net income of $230,956 through the first seven months of the year. That included making the final payment on a transmission.

According to WPU General Manager Scott Hain, the water usage is down from a year ago.

"The non-essential ban and what we've gone through the last couple years is a real wake-up call," Hain said.

All three areas of water users -- residential, commercial and industrial -- have a combined lower water usage.

"Residential and commercial are below budget and below last year, and industrial is right on budget and under last year," Hain said. "I ran some quick percentages -- residential sales through July are 9.2 percent lower than last year, commercial is 8.3 percent lower and industrial is 6.7 percent lower. Overall, our total water sales through the first seven months are about 44 million gallons less than last year."

Hain was asked about the water trends in other communities, and admitted he wasn't sure they were nationally.

The net income for the water fund through the first seven months is $604,586.

"I think we're having a good year there," Water and Light Commission member Randy Thompson said.

In the wastewater fund, the total operating revenue is $1,190,027.

"That's slightly ahead of budget and a little behind last year," Hain said.

After expenses, the net income for the wastewater fund is $351,131.

The group also listened to a presentation of the AE2S Nexus 2013 North Central Region Utility Rate Survey, which said Worthington is in the middle of the pack when it comes to prices for water, wastewater and stormwater.

"It's one of the few sources of this type of information that's readily available," Hain said.

A week ago, Well 26, which has been used as the standard for water, dropped six inches.

"We haven't seen the well level go up since the week after we lifted the watering ban," Hain said. "But, it's not all bad news."

Comparing the level to the historical average, the levels are getting further from the 65 percent mark, which is where the ban was implemented in the first place.

"Last Friday, yes, our well level dropped six inches, but in the grand scheme of things, we saw some improvement," Hain said. "Typically at this point in time of the year, our average was lower."

So, the well is dropping, but it's not dropping as drastically as the average. Currently, the levels are 7.5 feet away from that 65 percent line.