"This is an historic moment for the respective entities," Jones said. "Rootstown was once a good customer for the city. It is good to have them back."
Rootstown severed its contract with Ravenna in 1984, when the township opted for county water services, according to Jones. The estrangement cost the city $1.5 to $2 million annually, Jones said.
Pending council's approval, the pact would not only regenerate these funds but also "send a message to surrounding communities that the city of Ravenna has the ability and desire to sell treated water in bulk," Jones said.
The city's plant presently pumps 2 million gallons of treated water daily and can accommodate three times that volume, Jones said.
Roughly 100,000 gallons per day would be conducted via a booster pump station at the Crystal Lake Water Plant, the city's original plant off of S.R. 44. The station's installation cost $8,000, a figure the respective municipalities would share equally.
During the pact's first three years, the township would pay $10.50 per 7,500 gallons; rates beyond then would be based on the cost of operating, maintaining and financing the city's water treatment plant, Jones said. The contract would last through 2007.
Because Ravenna taps surface rather than well water, the city will become a power broker with respect to the sale of water, Jones said.
"Somewhere down the line, the city will be in a real power position because, unlike well water, our reserves are plentiful and secure," he said.
In the long run, Ravenna's unit cost of operations should drop if the
city continues to sell more water, according to Jones, who said this
prospect would "enhance our effort to keep our own water rates down."