by Kate Knable
Posted 10/22/2012 12:00 am
The city of Little Rock considered partnering with Service Line Warranties of America in Canonsburg, Pa., to offer water and sewer line warranties to residents.
“Wastewater utility looked at it,” City Manager Bruce Moore said. However, the city instead opted to create its new Service Line Replacement Assistance Program.
(Click here to read a related story on North Little Rock's agreement with SLWA.)
(Click here to read a related story on the National League of Cities' endorsement of SLWA.)
Little Rock Wastewater began adding a $1 per month fee to water bills in July, enrolling residents in a program that, starting in January 2013, will cover up to $2,500 of the cost to replace outside residential sewer lines. The program only applies to total line replacements.
By comparison, North Little Rock residents who sign up for the private, for-profit SLWA plan are charged $8.25 a month for up to $4,000 in coverage of repair costs.
The Little Rock program is part of plan to improve the city’s sanitary sewer system and reduce overflows.
“They felt that this was more advantageous to Little Rock citizens,” Moore said.
The goal is to replace sewer lines between homes and the public sewer main, reducing the “flow burden in the collection system during heavy rain events,” according to Stanley Suel, director of the environmental assessment division for Little Rock Wastewater.