Useful Information for Residents
NOPEC has NEW SUPPLIER
If you opted to stay with NOPEC and have received a letter from your Electric Supplier stating that they will be your supplier, DO NOTHING.
According to NOPEC, due to the timing of the electric anniversary opt-out period with their new electric supplier, NextEra Energy Solutions, some customers may have to return to the local utility for a brief period of time until they are automatically enrolled into the NOPEC-NextEra Program.
NOPEC is currently working to make this transition as seamless as possible. If you have questions about your account, call their customer care line at 1-855-667-3201 (855-NOPEC01).
NOPEC has reached an agreement for NextEra Energy Services Ohio, LLC (NESO) to become the supplier of electricity for a program that currently serves almost 500,000 customers in 13 Northern Ohio Counties.
NOPEC customers should expect to receive their opt-out notices for service under the new program in the next few weeks.
Customers will receive initial pricing from January 2017 through the summer high-demand period that will generate savings comparable to the expiring NOPEC contract savings. After the initial price period, customers will receive competitive variable rates based on favorable wholesale purchase prices then available in the market. There will be zero cancellation or early termination fees.
NOPEC-NESO electricity customers also will have the option to choose a variable rate that will mirror the percentage off utility price savings contained in the expiring contract. That variable rate will be available for as many as 10,000 customers.
Click here to read the entire press release from NOPEC.
For more information, visit our website at www.nopecinfo.org/electricupdate. You also may call 855-639-8159.
Board of Health Septic Systems testing for Wiltshire, Ellendale, and Berkeley
click here to read the results
click here to see the water sample results and the photos of the sample locations
First Energy Communication Tools
First Energy strongly recommends that residents notify the Illuminating Company anytime they experience a power outage, even for blinking lights. This provides the Illuminating Company with a documented record of a power interruption.
There are several ways to report an outage …
For instructions on how to download the app and register your smartphone, please click here: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/help/communication_tools.html or open this attachment.
NEORSD Stormwater Management Fee
NEORSD and Cleveland Water now bill separately. Everyone in the village should receive a bill from NEORSD for a storm water management fee, even if you have a septic system. This fee was the subject of a long and drawn out law suit which eventually ended up at the Ohio Supreme Court. NEORSD is allowed to charge the fee. In exchange for that, they provide municipalities help in managing the effects of major storms and in flood prevention efforts. They are currently involved in several areas of our village. Members of the staff and I have no control over this fee and no ability to reverse it.
- Stormwater Fee- How to Save $$
The monthly fee for stormwater management is based on the size of your property and the percentage of imperviousness (the amount of hard surfaces such as roofs and drives). There is a fee credit program that NEORSD offers that can reduce your fee if you take measures to reduce stormwater runoff volume and improve water quality on your property. The fee credit amount is 25%.
Click here for a link to the application page at www.neorsd.org. The application details the types of items that are eligible for a fee credit, or click this link There is a 3-page form to fill out and mail in.
Please note that rain barrels do require a permit from the Building Department
IRS Imposter Scam
Chief Wyant would like to remind everyone of the on-going IRS scam that the police department has received numerous calls about. This scam is a phone scam where the caller claims to be an IRS employee informing you that you owe taxes and threaten to arrest or deport you if you don’t pay. Be aware because this scam is very sophisticated in that the scammer may:
- Know all or part of your Social Security number
- Rig the caller ID to make it look like the call is from the IRS
- Tell you to put the money on a prepaid debit card and tell them the card number
To prevent yourself from falling victim to this scam, know that the IRS does NOT:
- Call to demand immediate payment about taxes owed without first sending you notification by mail
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone
- Threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement to arrest you for nonpayment.
If you have any doubts, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 or if you think you have been scammed, call their helpline at 1-877-908-3360 for advice and guidance.
UTILITIES SCAM ALERT: Cuyahoga County’s Department of Consumer Affairs is issuing a new utilities scam alert after learning scammers are posing as electric company employees and calling Cuyahoga County residents, threatening them with immediate utilities shutoffs if they don’t pay.
The threat of losing power can scare people into wiring money or making a phone payment before they’ve had time to think the call through. The Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs wants you to know it’s OK to hang up on these calls. Any utility that plans to shut off your service will send you a written notice, not spring the news on you during a phone call. Scammers have in the past used the names of First Energy, the Illuminating Company, Cleveland Public Power, Dominion East Ohio and Cleveland Water.
Consumers who receive these calls should hang up and report them to the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs at consumeraffairs.cuyahogacounty.us or by calling 216-443-7035.
How to protect yourself: Don’t panic. Utilities don’t make cold-calls about shut offs. They will always send written disconnection notices. Be skeptical of the Caller ID. Scammers may spoof their numbers. Know that disconnections are typically not scheduled at night or on weekends. Be wary if anyone asks you to pay a bill using a wire transfer, prepaid card or gift card. Those are payment methods most utilities don’t accept, but scammers like because they’re hard to trace. Never give account information to someone who calls you. If you believe you may owe, contact your utility using the number from your bill, not one provided by a caller.
Preparedness Resources from the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management
For information about preparing for specific emergencies, click on the links below:
Thunderstorms & Lightning
ReadyNotify Fact Sheet
For more information, visit www.ready.gov
Information about Chromium 6
A MESSAGE FROM CLEVELAND WATER...
At Cleveland Water, the health and safety of our customers - and your residents - is our most important priority. Recently, a chemical called Chromium-6 has been in the news, and I wanted to take a moment to assure you that the water we deliver to the approximately 1.4 million people who count on us meets, and exceeds, all Federal and State regulations including those related to Chromium.
Chromium is a naturally occurring element that can also be caused by man-made sources. It is commonly found in our environment, including our waterways. There is no Federal Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for Chromium-6. However, there is one for Total Chromium (which includes Chromium-6 and also Chromium-3, a substance often included in health supplements) of 100 parts per billion (PPB). Cleveland Water’s Total Chromium level during our most recent testing was 10 PPB, so we are considerably below the MCL for Total Chromium.
While there is no Federal MCL for Chromium-6, the State of California adopted one and set the level at 10 PPB. During the recent US EPA's Unregulated Contaminants Monitoring Rule testing, we did in fact test for Chromimum-6 and our levels were 0.1 PPB – or approximately 100 times below California’s MCL. For a little bit of context on what PPB means, think of it this way… 1 PPB is about a drop in an Olympic sized swimming pool and 10 PPB is approximately one ounce in an Olympic sized swimming pool.
We test for Chromium at all four of our water treatment plants and in our distribution system as required by the US EPA. When interpreted correctly, our results show Cleveland Water’s levels are well below the MCL for Total Chromium. The report that started this discussion – and some of the subsequent media coverage – refers to a level of .02 PPB. This is not a regulatory requirement. It is a public health goal that is not tied to any regulation or requirement.
Additionally, the report states that the Cleveland Water System has the 15th highest Chromium-6 levels of large water systems (defined as serving more than 1 million people). If you look into the report, you’ll see this is a pretty small group of systems from across the country – only 22 referenced in the report – so we are actually in the bottom third of all large systems.
As always we remain committed to providing a reliable supply of safe drinking water, and we want to make sure we are providing accurate information to you and your residents. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to us. Also, as your residents ask questions, please feel free to share this information with them, direct them to the link below where we have some good information, or have them call our Water Quality Line at 216.664.2639.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CHROMIUM, CLICK HERE: http://www.clevelandwater.com/blog/cleveland-water-far-below-state-and-federal-chromium-regulations