The following are Frequently Asked Questions “FAQ’s” and related answers for the Bolivar Utility Services, LLC Wastewater Treatment Services.
Do I obligate myself to anything by completing the “Request” form on the www.bolivarsewer.com website?
No. You are not obligating yourself to anything. We are asking people who are interested in knowing more about our system to complete the form to help us determine where to begin expansion of our system. We will give priority for expansion to areas with the highest indication of interest.
Who can sign up for sewer service?
The sewer system is voluntary and anyone on the Bolivar Peninsula may elect to have service, regardless of whether you still have a septic system.
Who runs the sewer system?
The sewer system is owned by a privately held company, Bolivar Utility Services, LLC (“BUS”). BUS is an Investor Owned Utility, similar to other IOU’s such as Entergy, CenterPoint, etc.
How will my sewer service be billed?
You will receive your billing for monthly wastewater treatment services from The Bolivar Peninsula Special Utility District (“BPSUD”). The charges will appear on the same statement as your water service bill.
What is the basis of my monthly bill for wastewater treatment?
The charges for monthly wastewater treatment services are based upon your water usage from the BPSUD.
How much will sewer service cost each month?
The charge or “Tariff Rate” is $4.00 per 1000 gallons of water usage plus a $40.00 per month service fee.
Who sets the rates for the monthly wastewater treatment services?
Our Tariff Rates have been approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). A copy of our Tariff is available upon request.
What will it cost for me to subscribe to your wastewater treatment services?
There are two components to the “cost” to Subscribe to our service:
Who installs the low pressure grinder unit and what happens if it needs repairs and maintenance?
You will purchase the unit through us. An approved, licensed and authorized contractor will perform the installation according to our specifications. You will be responsible for the cost of any maintenance and repairs to your individual Unit.
Is the Service available for businesses?
Commercial and Business Fees are based upon the types of businesses and anticipated volume of wastewater to be produced by the business. A “Standard Conversion Table” is available upon request for business subscribers.
When do I pay the cost?
The Line extension Fee ($5000.00) will be paid when you request service and we have completed expansion of our lines to your property. Upon completion of your home, the Low Pressure Grinder Unit will be installed at a cost of $4,000.00. The total of $9,000.00 is competitive with the cost of a new aerobic septic system.
How do I sign up?
Upon your request, we will forward to you a “Line Extension Agreement” and a “Wastewater Treatment Service Agreement”. Both Agreements should be completed and mailed back to us along with the Line Extension Fee of $5000.00. The cost ($4000.00) of the Low Pressure Grinder Unit will be due before installation.
Why should I use the sewer system instead of a septic system?
There are several compelling reasons to change to our sewer system, particularly if you are being required to install a new aerobic septic system.
When can I get a building permit from Galveston County if I use your system?
When you have completed the “Line Extension Agreement”, the “Wastewater Treatment Service Agreement” and pay the $5000 Line Extension fee, we will provide you with a letter to present to the Galveston County Building Inspector confirming that we have agreed to provide wastewater treatment services for your residence. The County has accepted the form of our letter and has agreed to issue a permit to customers who have agreed to use our system.
FORM OF LETTER
Mr. Sean Welsh, Galveston County Building Inspector VIA FAX: 409-770-5559 and Hand Delivery
DATE: February 23, 2009
NOTIFICATION OF SEWER SERVICE
Bolivar Utility Services (“BUS”) has entered into an agreement with the Customer indicated below, whereby
BUS has agreed to provide Wastewater Treatment Services to Customer at the address indicated below. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION
P.O. BOX 12345 BEAUMONT,TX 77720
2000 COUNTY ROAD CRYSTAL BEACH, TX 77650
Undivided Interest: 100%
Bolivar Utility Services, LLC By: Authorized Agent
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