Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans addresses boil-water advisory | Local News

SCOTT: MORE INFORMATION FROM THE SEWAGE AND WATER BOARD. GOOD EVENING. BETWEEN 8:12 P.M. AND 8:15 P.M., TWO PUMPS http://is.gd/EGylVN LOST POWER. WATER PRESSURE DROPPED AND 14 OF 18 OF OUR MONITORING STATIONS -- IN 14 OF 18 OF OUR MONITORING STATIONS. WE WILL BE WORKING TOGETHER OVERNIGHT TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED. AS OF 9:00 P.M., WE ISSUE A WATER ADVISORY. WE KNOW THIS IS FRUSTRATING AND INCONVENIENT, BUT IT IS DONE IN THE INTEREST OF PUBLIC SAFETY. THIS IS PRECAUTIONARY IN ORDER TO ASSIST YOU WITH WATER FOR DRINKING, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO BOIL WATER FOR ONE MINUTE AND BEFORE USE USE PRECAUTION. YOU ARE FREE TO SHOWER, BUT WE ENCOURAGE THOSE WITH OPEN WOUNDS TO BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL. THESE http://is.gd/onQrW4 PRECAUTIONARY ADVISORIES WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR AT LEAST 24-36 HOURS AS WE CONTINUE TESTING. WE ENCOURAGE AND SUGGEST THAT THIS IS http://tinyurl.com/qfgo5or PRECAUTIONARY. WE HAVE HAD MANY INCIDENCES IN THE PAST WHERE POWER HAS BEEN BACKED UP, BUT WE STILL

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Hope For Paws rescue: Homeless dog named Bitty rescued from water sewer tunnel

Nothing can break your heart more than seeing an animal in danger, hurt, lonely, or abused. One such pooch has been featured in a special rescue video put out by Hope for Paws, an organization that is dedicated to the well-being of pets such as this dog that was living in a hazardous water sewer tunnel. It was dark, scary, and unhealthy for the pooch. Hope for Paws teamed up with Rescue From the Hart to save this beautiful canine.

Once the teams found the small dog lying down in the tunnel, he was so scared and nervous that he took off in the opposite direction deeper into the tunnel. However, it was a dead and end, so they worked on making sure that he was caught to get him out of there. Unfortunately, there was a second dog reported there as well, but the baby drowned before they could rescue it. This was why it was imperative to make sure the same thing didn't happen to this one.

It took a lot of time and coddling to try getting the trust of this matted dog. He finally settled down as they grabbed him up and made their way back through the water and mud to take the dog to can safety. He was wrapped up in a blanket and taken back to the facility to get a good bath and medical treatment. He also gobbled up bits of food and is now happy that he is out of that awful place.

He was given the name of Bitty and it fits him well. He is now in foster care through the Forgotten Dog Foundation. Bitty is having loads of fun playing with other rescue dogs his own size, but he needs a forever home. He is up for adoption through Forgotten Dog. They have a wonderful description of little Bitty on their site.

He is the MOST FABULOUS DOG and we cant believe we still have him, they wrote. We call him our LITTLE BOY because he acts like a kid! He loves all dogs, big and small and all people.

If you are interested in this sweet baby, be sure to contact them. He would make a great addition to a family that is looking for an awesome pooch. If that is not possible, you can always help by donating to any rescue organization such as Hope for Paws, or any of the other wonderful rescue facilities.

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Harford water and sewer rate increases planned, as operating deficits persist - Baltimore Sun

Saying the county's water and sewer operations need to stem a tide of annual losses, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman is proposing a wholesale increase in user rates, the first such increase in nearly 20 years.

Legislation to set the higher rates was introduced to the Harford County Council at its legislative session Tuesday evening. The increase would go into effect in January, with customers feeling the full impact on their April 2016 quarterly billing, administration spokesperson Cindy Mumby said.

The bill would increase the quarterly base water charge for customers with a standard residential 5/8-inch meter, from $6.04 to $9.02, but would significantly lower the base charge for all meters larger than that, mostly commercial, industrial and institutional customers.

For 2017 through 2019, quarterly base water charges would rise for customers with 5/8-inch and 3/4-inch meters but would steadily drop for owners of all larger meters.

The base sewer charge would rise from $5.61 to $7.60 for a 5/8-inch water meter, while the base charge for a 12-inch meter, for example, would decrease from $5,220.09 to $4,903.84. The residential flat rate charge would rise from $60.29 to $77.46.

The base charge for a 5/8-inch meter would keep increasing, to $12.68 by 2019, while charges for other meters would decrease.

The quarterly water usage rate, meanwhile, would increase from a universal $2.43 per 1,000 gallons to $3.45. The excess water usage rate would go up from $3.04 per 1,000 gallons to $4.31.

The water usage rate would rise to $3.82 from Jan. 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017; $4.44 from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018; $4.45 from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019; and $4.73 starting July 1, 2019.

Quarterly sewer usage rates would also increase, from $3.09 to $4.99 per 1,000 gallons in 2016, $5.42 Jan. 1, 2017, through June 30, 2017, $6.77 July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, $6.79 July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 and $7.22 starting July 1, 2019. Sewer usage is calculated based on water consumption.

New surcharge

The legislation also creates a water and sewer asset reinvestment charge, a quarterly surcharge that would be paid by all customers, including wholesale buyers and governmental customers buying under contract, for water each connection based on the size of the largest water meter installed.

The surcharge, which would range from $3.89 to $486.25 for water and for sewer, will be used to fund facilities, equipment and infrastructure.

According to the legislation, the proposed changes replace a "complex and cumbersome" rate structure that does not "adequately support water and sewer functions" with a "simplified rate structure" that will be "phased in over time."

The county-run system has 44,139 customer accounts, according to Mumby. They include owner occupied homes, residential rentals, commercial and industrial facilities, institutional facilities, such as public and private schools and the county's two hospitals, and municipal customers. The municipal customers include the City of Aberdeen, which buys water from the county, and the Town of Bel Air, which has its sewage treated by the county. Only about 4 percent of the total accounts are commercial.

The county also sells water to Maryland American Water, a private company that operates the Town of Bel Air water system and also serves areas of Forest Hill and Fallston. Any increases to bulk municipal water and sewers are likely to be passed on to their customers.

Harford has about 250,000 residents and 90,700 households, according to the most recent U.S. Census estimate released this summer.

Although a substantial number of homes are served by either county, public or private water and sewer systems, thousands of homes in the western and northern portions of the county still rely on private wells and septic systems and would not directly be affected by any proposed water and sewer rate increases. The number of non-public service residential customers was not immediately available Tuesday.

Most residential accounts have a current base quarterly charge of $6.56 for water and $6.10 for sewer, Mumby said. They also pay a quarterly usage charge of $2.64 per 1,000 gallons of water and $3.36 per 1,000 gallons of sewage treated, with the latter charge based on their water usage.

Although base rates are higher, depending on the size of the water meter for non-residential customers, Mumby said the usage rate is fairly constant regardless of meter size, although there is a surcharge for the largest consumers, who use more than 380,000 gallons a quarter.

Annual adjustments inadequate

Base user rates were last set in 1995, Mumby said. At the same time, the county instituted an annual increase in the rates tied to the Consumer Price Index, but those increases haven't been adequate to meet the costs associated with running the system, she said.

The CPI increases have averaged about 2 percent over the same six-year period, according to Mumby, who noted that in one year, 2009, CPI was actually a negative, and the rates were adjusted downward in Fiscal 2011, as a result.

"Those increases [tied to CPI] have not been consistent to meet costs, not just ours but others [counties]," she added.

Some County Council members already were briefed by Glassman on the financial problems with the system prior to Tuesday's introduction of the rate increase legislation, Mumby said. The proposed changes are based in part on a rate study commissioned by the previous council, Mumby said.

Council President Richard Slutzky said Tuesday afternoon he did not want to comment on the rate increase legislation until after it was introduced. The council will hold a public hearing on the legislation on Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the council chamber in Bel Air.

Councilmen Patrick Vincenti and Curtis Beulah declined to comment following the council meeting, both saying they wanted to give the administration a chance to make its case to the public.

Councilman Joe Woods, who represents the Fallston and Abingdon areas, said Tuesday afternoon he had not seen the legislation but added that Harford County has "the lowest rate around" for water and sewer use. Woods also said the CPI increases have not kept up with the changes in funding needed to operate the system.

According to figures provided by Mumby, the county water and sewer operations have posted average losses of about $14 million annually since the 2010 fiscal year, ranging from a high of almost $19.3 million is Fiscal 2013 to a low of almost $10.4 million in Fiscal 2011.

The unaudited loss was $15.7 million for the most recent full fiscal year, 2015, which ended June 30. It cost approximately $44.3 million to operate the system in FY 2015, a figure than includes $11.4 million in depreciation of the facilities. Total revenue was just $28.6 million.

Mumby said the system had built an operating reserve, or fund balance, in earlier years that was used to offset annual losses to date.

Under county law, the water and sewer system is accounted for as a separate enterprise fund, one that must break even or run at a surplus from the revenue taken in the rates charged users. The fund is not supplemented by general tax revenue, and the County Council is essentially the rate-making body.

"The operating fund reserve essentially has been depleted over the past decade and this is the tipping point," Mumby said.

Additional annual losses, she added, would have an "exponential" negative impact on the water and sewer fund balance.

Copyright 2015, The Baltimore Sun

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Home renovation? When to DIY or call in a pro - Waterloo Record

LeCompte Renovations of Cambridge, Ontario, offers the Tri-City area first-rate residential construction and remodelling services to get the job done right the first time.

While a home handyman can handle small repairs, like leaky faucets, or even bigger projects, such as refinishing hardwood floors, there are some jobs that require the skill and workmanship of a professional like the team of tradespeople at LeCompte Renovations.

Sure, do-it-yourself home improvement projects can save you money. However, a botched job can end up costing you more in repairs in the long run, and may be even be a health and safety risk to you and your family.

This is especially the case for projects that are complex or involve an element of danger, including structural changes, demolition jobs, plumbing and electrical work which can prove to be a fire hazard if not done properly.

If youre debating whether a home renovation or remodelling project is DIY or deserving of a professionals attention, you should ask yourself the following questions:

Does the project require specialty knowledge, skills or equipment?

Is the project too big to complete in a timely and efficient manner?

Is there a risk of danger in doing the job yourself?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, its best to call in the pros at LeCompte Renovations.

Since 1986, their talented team of designers and contractors has been delivering creative solutions and quality craftsmanship to help homeowners realize their dream kitchen, bathroom and basement renovations.

Reliable and committed to exceeding their clients expectations, they carry a job from conception to completion and deliver a finished project on time and on budget.

Whether youre looking for unique custom cabinetry or a user-friendly kitchen, or to turn your bathroom into a spa-like retreat, they welcome projects of all sizes and execute each job with integrity and unparalleled professionalism.

They also offer house painting, flooring and ceiling services to give your home a polished look, as well as deck and fence construction to enhance your propertys curb appeal.

For details about LeComptes services, visit their website and check out a gallery&nb

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Google Wants to Connect You With a Plumber - PC Magazine

Google will vet listings that connect users with plumbers, handymen, locksmiths, and house cleaners.

Uh-oh. That leaky pipeneeds a plumber stat. A quick Internet search pulls up page after page of possibilities, but who's available right now and won't rip you off?



A new service from Google wants to connect you with reputable home services right from its search results page. As The Wall Street Journal reported, the search giant will add listings to its sponsored results that connect users withplumbers, handymen, locksmiths, and house cleaners that have been vetted by Google.



Right now, it's only live in San Francisco. But Google users there will be able to search for help and contact those listed in Google's search results without ever leaving the page, the Journal said.



The move is part of Google's AdWord Express for small businesses, and participants must pass a background check and other tests before being added to search results.



The move could be a headache for rival services like Angie's List or Yelp, as well as start-ups like TaskRabbit and Handy.



Yelp has taken Google to task for favoring its own products in its search results. A Yelp-sponsored study released in Juneargued that Google knowingly serves up its own content in search results, even when it's not as good as competing sites, and consumers are being harmed by this anticompetitive behavior.



Back in 2011, Yelp alsofaced off against Google on Capitol Hilland accused it of threatening to pull Yelp content from search entirely if Yelp didn't allow Google to use Yelp content on itsPlace pages.



That and other complaints have prompted an EU investigation into Google's search tactics; it was cleared of any wrongdoingin the U.S.



But larger rivals are also dabbling in home services. In March, Amazon gotinto the handyman business withAmazon Home Services, a new marketplace for on-demand professional assistance. The site lets you find professionals in your area that can help you with all kinds of chores around the house from gutter cleaning and TV wall mounting to iPhone repair and car stereo installation.



Google, Amazon, and others have already been testing home-delivery services, but Re/code this month said Google would shut down delivery hubs in San Francisco and Mountain View.

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