The accompanying data table depends on the PWCSA Capital Improvement Plan (2016-20).
From Martin Jensen –
Thank you for considering the pending resolution, which I believe makes reasonable accommodations for data centers in Prince William County. It’s remarkable that you are holding open public deliberation on this matter of such importance with significant implications for the future. In fact, this is in stark contrast to the secrecy around the roles of Amazon, Dominion Power, and the Prince William County Service Authority, the independent agency that provides clean water for so many of us.
I have five questions about meeting Amazon’s need for millions of gallons of water to cool data centers, including a new one planned across the street from the WalMart in Haymarket. I don’t expect you to answer these questions tonight. I offer them as something to think about.
1. How many people know that Amazon paid Prince William County Service Authority nearly $4.5 million last November to erase unpaid bills for water and sewer service at its existing data centers?
2. How many people know PWCSA records show that 273,000 gallons of water consumed by those data centers — and 300,000 gallons of waste water carried away and treated — between June and September 2014 — were subsidized for that period and to this very day by regular rate payers of the Service Authority’s customers?
3. How many people know that PWCSA did NOT refund or credit that $4.5 million to the accounts of its regular rate payers? That the funds were instead diverted to PWCSA accounts that pay for construction of service lines and for debt service on money borrowed to pay for construction? Money collected for water and for waste water removal was magically converted into construction funds!
Isn’t this diversion unfair to ordinary citizens of Prince William County — if not illegal — resulting in permanent excess charges against regular rate payers for water and sewer services — and in special treatment of a single corporate customer that needs huge water supplies & waste-water treatment for another data center at a place that’s not equipped to provide them?
4. How many people know a) That PWCSA adopted plans last year to spend over $16 million over 5 years for construction alone to provide new water mains and larger water supplies to the Haymarket area by 2019; b) that those plans included over $4.6 million for an enlarged line from a supply tower on Antioch Road, terminating at the site of the still-secret Amazon data center? c) that the total cost to increase just water service to the “Haymarket Pressure Zone” is today estimated at over $22 million through 2020 — up nearly $6 million in one year — under a new plan adopted last May without substantative public discussion by the PWCSA board of directors?
5. How many people don’t know these facts because of the official secrecy demanded by Amazon and because of Dominion Power withholding information on routing (and on when it will announce its favorite route for the high-voltage power lines), but also because of the culture of secrecy at PWCSA, dating back 30 years? No focused public oversight of PWCSA affairs by the government. No requirement to file reports with the State Corporation Commission, or to seek SCC approval of the rates PWCSA forces customers to pay, or of the policies underlying their shuffling of funds from one purpose to another without public notice or consent?