4.0 – Existing Massanutten Village Infrastructure
The Massanutten Village infrastructure was established in the early 1970’s. It consists of underground utilities, roads, and a natural storm water drainage system that were originally constructed by the Massanutten Development Company. Today, the electricity grid is operated by Dominion Power, the telephone grid is operated by Verizon, and the cable grid is operated by Comcast and Resort Cable. The roads and storm water drainage system are largely owned and maintained by the Massanutten Property Owners Association (MPOA).
The Massanutten Village water and sewerage system is owned and operated by Massanutten Public Service Corporation (MPSC). MPSC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Utilities, Inc., a holding company that owns and operates water and sewer companies in 15 states with approximately 290,000 customers. It was first issued certificates of public service by the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) in 1985 after the bankruptcy of Massanutten Village, Inc (successor of the Massanutten Development Company) to exclusively service Massanutten Village. Over time, the MPSC service area grew to include more as shown in the map below.
Massanutten Public Service Corporation Service Area Boundaries
Today, the MPSC water system is comprised of four (4) deep drilled wells with water distribution mains conveyed over twenty-five (25) miles. Additionally, there are five (5) above ground storage reservoirs ranging in size from 250,000 to 500,000 gallons for a total of over 1.5 million gallons of storage that provide for peak water demands. The MPSC sewerage system is comprised of a recently upgraded 1.5 million gallons per day wastewater treatment facility with sewer collection mains conveyed over twenty-seven (27) miles. The rates charged by MPSC, like other utility companies, are controlled by the VA SCC. The VA SCC authorized rate increases in July 2007 and July 2010 that roughly doubled rates to the average Massanutten property owner over the strong objections of the Massanutten Property Owners Association. MPSC rates are currently more than two and a half times that charged by Rockingham County based on 4,000 gallon per month usage.