For immediate release: Nov 30, 2007
Posted by: [OUCC]
Contact: Anthony Swinger
Phone: (317) 233-2747

Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corp. rate case: State utility consumer advocate accepting public comments

UPDATE: An IURC order was issued on Feb. 27, 2008, approving the settlement agreement in this case between Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corp. and the OUCC. For a PDF copy of the order and agreement, please click here. The document is 18 pages in length.

OUCC News Release, Issued Nov. 30, 2007:

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting public comments as it reviews Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corporation's request for an increase in its rates and charges.

The OUCC - the state agency representing consumer interests in cases before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) - has not yet taken a position on the utility's request but is currently scheduled to complete its review and file testimony in this case on Tuesday, December 18, 2007. Consumers who wish to provide written comments on the case in the meantime may submit them to the OUCC's consumer services staff via mail, e-mail or fax.

Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corporation - a non-profit entity serving approximately 2,900 customers in portions of Bartholomew and Brown counties - is requesting IURC permission to issue up to $2.05 million in long term debt and seeking to implement its proposed rate increase in two phases. Under the utility's proposal, the monthly water rate for a residential customer using 5,000 gallons would increase from $32.73 to $36.46 after a final IURC order is issued in this case, and then to $40.17 after the utility closes on a 40-year low-interest loan.

In its filings before the Commission, Southwestern Bartholomew indicates it is seeking the changes to pay for infrastructure improvements including new mains, new booster stations and a new 300,000 gallon storage tank. The utility states in testimony that it intends to start construction on the projects in 2008; current rates for Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corp. were approved in January 2006.

This case's public file is available for review on the IURC Website (www.in.gov/iurc), by visiting http://www.in.gov/iurc/portal/Tab.aspx?tabid=28&dn=SEARCHDOCKETEDCASE and entering docket number 43329.

The OUCC needs to receive all written consumer comments in this case no later than Friday, December 14. Comments should include the consumer's name, address, and a reference to "IURC Cause No. 43329," and can be submitted by mail, fax or the Internet:

Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the OUCC's consumer services staff toll-free at 1-888-441-2494.

Additional information on the regulatory process and other utility consumer topics - including tips for saving money on water and energy bills - is available on the OUCC Website or by calling the agency toll-free.

 

(IURC Cause No. 43329)

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is the state agency that represents residential and business consumer interests in cases before state and federal utility regulatory commissions. To learn more, visit www.IN.gov/OUCC.

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