For immediate release: Dec 04, 2009
Posted by: [OUCC]
Contact: Anthony Swinger
Phone: 1-888-441-2494

Wastewater One 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 Wastewater One, LLC to increase rates in its Floyd County service territory, and to expand the territory's size.

The OUCC - the state agency representing consumer interests in cases before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) - is reviewing the utility's request and has not yet taken a position in this case. Currently, the OUCC is scheduled to complete its review and file testimony with the Commission on January 22, 2010.

Wastewater One is a for-profit entity that provides sewage disposal service to 113 residential customers near Galena, in the Highlander Village Subdivision and a section of the adjacent Cedar Point Subdivision. The utility's residential customers pay flat monthly sewer bills of $45.00, including a $25.00 base rate approved in the early 1980s and a $20.00 surcharge implemented in 2006, when Wastewater One purchased the utility's assets. The utility's proposal, if approved, would raise its total monthly residential sewer billing amount to $90.94.

According to its testimony before the IURC, the utility is requesting additional revenues due to infrastructure improvements and increases in operating and maintenance expenses. Wastewater One's pending request would also expand the utility's authority to provide sewage disposal service to include additional areas in Greenville Township.

Consumers who wish to submit written comments in this case may do so via mail, fax, or the Internet:

Written comments should include the consumer's name, mailing address, and a reference to "IURC Cause No. 43779." The OUCC needs to receive all comments in this case no later than January 14, 2010.

Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the OUCC's consumer services staff toll-free at 1-888-441-2494. For additional information on this case, including a copy of the utility's testimony, please visit the OUCC Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2501.htm.

An IURC technical evidentiary hearing in this case is currently scheduled for February 23, 2010 in Indianapolis. While evidentiary hearings are open to the public, participation is typically limited to attorney and Commission questioning of technical witnesses that have filed testimony on behalf of the proceeding's formal parties.

All hearing and filing dates are subject to change. A settlement agreement is possible in any legal proceeding; the OUCC attempts to reach a fair settlement for customers in all rate cases.

Additional information on the utility regulatory process and other consumer publications, at no charge, are available on the OUCC's Website at www.IN.gov/OUCC.

 

(IURC Cause No. 43779)

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) represents Indiana consumer interests before state and federal bodies that regulate utilities. As a state agency, the OUCC's mission is to represent all Indiana consumers to ensure quality, reliable utility services at the most reasonable prices possible through dedicated advocacy, consumer education, and creative problem solving. To learn more, visit www.IN.gov/OUCC.

 

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