By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Town councilors decided it was too soon to ask residents to pay more for water.
Councilors voted unanimously not to increase municipal water rates. Derry’s last rate increase of 1 percent was effective with the June 2013 billing cycle.
Tom Carrier, deputy director of Public Works, said Derry’s rate is lower than many communities.
But councilors said the topic should wait and come up again in the next budget cycle.
“This rate increase halfway through doesn’t feel right to me,” Councilor Brad Benson said. “These mid-year changes always bother me.”
Councilors said it was best to bring the water rate issue back when it was time to talk town budget.
“People should see this dealt with as part of the budget process,” Councilor Neil Wetherbee said.
Manchester Water Works is the wholesale supplier for the town and its board approved a 2.25 percent increase to its water rates as part of its annual budget approval.
Any MWW rate increase gets passed directly on to Derry customers, Carrier said.
In other water news, the town will flush its municipal water distribution system water lines between Oct. 13 and 25 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The core water system flushing work will be conducted in the evening to minimize inconvenience to business customers.
Other flushing work and time schedule are as follows:
The Scobie Pond area up to and including By-Pass 28, Daniel, Debbie, Datillo, and Eastgate Roads, Olde Country Estates and Linlew Drive will be flushed Oct. 27 until Nov. 1 between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.
The Montgomery Farm area off Overlook Drive including Fordway Extension, Beacon Hill Road and Settlers Lane will be flushed Oct. 28 to Nov. 1 between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The area off Pond Road including East Derry Road, Hampstead Road, Adams Pond Road and Meadowbook community water system will be flushed Nov. 4 to Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The work is necessary to remove any sediment from the water lines that may accumulate. It is typically done every year by Derry Water Division employees.
The flushing program progresses from the Derry/Londonderry town line along Route 28 south and east across town. Heavy commercial water users will be notified by the town prior to work being done in their area.
Residential customers with special needs like in-house dialysis equipment should notify the town to make advance arrangements.
The work may cause intermittent periods of brown or rusty water. This is not a health concern, but it may affect taste and could cause staining of laundry. Some residual may enter and remain in the service lines.
Customers should run their service lines for several minutes until water runs clear. Call 432-6144 for information.