Letters to the editor

IBM —  critical to water rates too

This letter serves to document Champlain Water District’s (CWD) elected Board of Water Commissioners support of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation’s action in developing “IBM Vermont: The Vermont Plan.”

IBM is a significant water customer for CWD averaging 3.24 million gallons per day for the fiscal year ending June 30. At this time, IBM’s daily usage is 34.35 percent of CWD’s total daily facility production. As a high-volume user for CWD, IBM has been the key factor is maintaining CWD’s uniform wholesale water rate as one of the lowest in New England. Continued high-volume industrial water usage will help ensure that CWD’s uniform wholesale water rate remains near current levels for CWD’s 70,000 Chittenden County customers.

As a wholesaler to 12 municipal water systems in Chittenden County, CWD’s uniform wholesale rate costs the average family $136 per year. Given that each community also has its own individual retail mark up from the CWD uniform rate, CWD’s uniform rate represents an average of 47 percent of the annual dollar amount charged to county customers across all 12 served water systems.

Since the vast majority of IBM’s water usage relates directly to its wet process manufacturing, it is critical that this IBM site continues utilization of wet processes in order to maintain the extremely economical water rates to CWD customers into the future. IBM’s benefit to the Champlain Water District is only a small impact for the State of Vermont overall, therefore CWD certainly supports GBIC’s “IBM Vermont: The Vermont Plan” for IBM to continue to be the economic engine for our entire state.


Jim Fay
General manager
Champlain Water District