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Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor

OUCC > Water/Sewer > Key Cases By Utility > East Chicago Municipal Water East Chicago Municipal Water

The OUCC and City of East Chicago have filed a settlement agreement (12-22-16) and addendum (1-19-17) in the city's pending water rate case.

Under the agreement, the monthly water bill for a residential customer using 5,000 gallons would rise from $12.05 to $18.66. The city would also be authorized to issue up to $18 million in long-term debt.

The OUCC has filed the following testimony in support of the agreement:

Any agreement filed with the IURC may be accepted, denied, or modified. An IURC settlement hearing was held on January 19, 2017.

The case's parties recently filed closing arguments including the joint proposed order of the city and the OUCC, along with the OUCC's response to the industrial group's proposed order.

An IURC public field hearing was held in East Chicago on November 17, 2016. The OUCC issued a November 4, 2016 news release to invite public comments.

To view the IURC's public case file, click here and enter cause number 44826.

The IURC approved East Chicago's current water rates in 2006. Municipal sewer rates are exempt from IURC oversight and are set by locally elected city and town councils.

This page will be updated based on case developments.