STAUNTON, Va. — Staunton Steam Laundry, buoyed by the Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA), has successfully lobbied for evaporative credits on its sewer tax for water that evaporates during the cleaning process.
The Staunton City Council voted 6-1 last Thursday to approve a 15% credit for qualifying industrial laundries.
Acting City Manager James Halasz recommended 10%, based on the laundry's request for adjustments and his staff's recommendations. The laundry pushed for the higher credit, based in part on TRSA's report that other Virginia plants have confidentially reported an average of more than 17% in credits.
At an earlier work session, Director of Public Works Tom Sliwoski said Staunton Steam Laundry used approximately 16 million gallons of water last year and would save $8,000 to $9,000 annually on a 10% credit.
No other Staunton business will benefit from the amended ordinance, Sliwoski says.