For immediate release: Oct 01, 2008
Posted by: [OUCC]
Contact: Anthony Swinger
Phone: (317) 233-2747

Pike-Gibson Water rate case: State utility consumer advocate accepting public comments

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting public comments as it reviews the request of Pike-Gibson Water, Inc. 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 Wednesday, October 22. 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.

Current rates for Pike-Gibson Water, a not-for-profit utility with approximately 3,400 customers in Gibson, Pike and Warrick Counties, were approved in 2003. The utility's proposal in this case would increase the monthly bill for a residential customer using 5,000 gallons from $28.33 to $33.35. In its testimony, the utility states it is seeking the additional revenues due to higher wholesale water costs, increases in operating and maintenance expenses, and proposed capital improvements. Specific expenditures in the utility's proposal include electronic control circuitry, booster station maintenance, storage facility maintenance, and vehicle replacements, along with water main extensions and improvements.

The OUCC needs to receive all written consumer comments in this case no later than Friday, October 17. Comments should include the consumer's name, address, and a reference to "IURC Cause No. 43528," and can be submitted by mail, fax or the Internet:

Additional information on this case, including the utility's testimony, is available on the OUCC Website at www.in.gov/oucc/3434.htm. Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the OUCC's consumer services staff toll-free at 1-888-441-2494.

To learn more about the regulatory process and other utility consumer topics - including tips for saving money on water and energy bills - please visit the OUCC Website or call the agency toll-free.

 

(IURC Cause No. 43528)

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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