For immediate release: Aug 18, 2006
Posted by: [OUCC]
Contact: Anthony Swinger
Phone: 1-888-441-2494

OUCC, City of New Castle reach agreement on municipal water utility rate case

UPDATE: The IURC issued an order in this case on Sept. 13, 2006, approving the settlement agreement between the OUCC and City of New Castle.

OUCC News Release, Issued Aug. 18, 2006:

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) and the City of New Castle have reached a settlement agreement regarding the city's request for a water rate increase. The agreement, presented during an evidentiary hearing this week, is now pending before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) which will make the final determination in the case.

Under the agreement, the monthly water bill for an average residential customer who uses 700 cubic feet (approx. 5,200 gallons) will increase from $12.15 to $15.80. Both parties agree that a rate increase is necessary in order to ensure safe, reliable service for all of the utility's customers. If approved, the agreement will provide the city with its first water rate increase since 1990.

While the agreement provides the increase amount the city had requested, it also requires that several OUCC recommendations be implemented. Among them:

The outcome of this case will only affect the city's water rates. Indiana law exempts municipal sewer and storm water rates and charges from IURC jurisdiction.


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

(IURC Cause No. 42984)

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