The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting public comments as it reviews the Indianapolis Department of Waterworks' request for changes to 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 in this case but is scheduled to complete its review of the utility's request and file testimony with the Commission on February 16, 2010.
Two public events regarding the rate case are scheduled for Monday, January 11, 2010 in Indianapolis. Both events will be held in the Auditorium of Broad Ripple High School (1115 Broad Ripple Avenue):
- At 5:30 p.m., the OUCC will conduct an information meeting to discuss the regulatory process and describe public field hearing procedures.
- At 6:00 p.m., the IURC will conduct a formal public field hearing to accept oral and written consumer comments regarding the utility's water rates. The comments will become part of the evidentiary record considered by the IURC in reaching its final decision. Commissioners are not permitted to answer consumer questions during the formal field hearing.
Indianapolis Water provides service to approximately 1.1 million customers in Marion County and portions of 8 additional counties. The IURC approved an increase in Indianapolis Water's rates on an interim, emergency basis on June 30, 2009.
In its testimony, the utility states that it intends to spend $111.3 million to fund numerous new capital improvements to its treatment facilities and to its transmission and distribution systems. If approved, the utility's request would increase the monthly water charges for a residential customer using 700 cubic feet (approximately 5,200 gallons) from $23.21 to $31.33.
Indianapolis Water customers who wish to submit written comments regarding this case may send them to the OUCC by mail, fax or the Internet:
- Mail: Consumer Services Staff
Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South
Indianapolis, IN 46204
- Fax: (317) 232-5923
- E-mail: uccinfo@oucc.IN.gov
- OUCC Website: www.IN.gov/OUCC
The OUCC needs to receive all consumer comments in this case no later than February 9, 2010. Written comments should include the consumer's name, mailing address, and a reference to IURC Cause No. 43645.
A technical evidentiary hearing in this case is scheduled to begin on April 19, 2010. While evidentiary hearings are open to the public, participation is typically limited to attorney and Commission questioning of technical witnesses who have filed written testimony on behalf of the case's formal parties.
Only the utility's water rates are at issue in this case. Indiana law does not give the IURC jurisdiction over municipal sewer and stormwater utility services.
For more information on this case, including links to the utility's testimony, please visit the OUCC's Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2550.htm. Tips for managing water bills and additional information about the regulatory process are also available on the OUCC's site.
(IURC Cause No. 43645)
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.