WEST MIDDLESEX – A borough business owner plagued with skyrocketing sewer bills got the relief he sought from council.

Last month, James Mims, owner of the Dairy Queen in West Middlesex, asked council for help with sewer bill he had received in 2019.

At the January meeting, he said his sewer bills began rising early last year because of a water line leak on his property. Mims said he hadn't known about the water leak.

As is common with sewer utilities, West Middlesex bases its billing on the amount of water a home or business uses in a month. Most of the water pumped into a borough household is eventually piped to the sewer plant before being treated and discharged back into the surface water systems.

But because of the leak in his pipe, Mims said most of the excess water never entered West Middlesex’s sewer system. Instead, it wound up in the ground under Dairy Queen’s parking lot.

Mims asked that the borough apply a $2,870 credit to his bill. The sum, he said, is far less than what Mims thinks he deserves because, even with the credit, the business still paid a figure based on double the amount of water it typically used before the leak.

The business paid the full water bill to Aqua Pennsylvania, because Mims said Dairy Queen used the water that leaked into its parking lot.

Council unanimously agreed to Mims' request on a "one-time only" credit.

Mims, who was not at the meeting, said later that he was OK with the result.

"I'm very pleased,'' he said.

Dairy Queen, 3498 Sharon Road, is closed during a renovation project. Mims said he has invested $750,000 in the shop during the renovation.

He expects to reopen by early- to mid-March.

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