Aqua Indiana/Heir Industries rate case: Consumer comments invitedIURC field hearing scheduled for December 1 in Borden
OUCC accepting written consumer comments through December 10
Customers of Heir Industries, Inc. - doing business as Aqua Indiana, Inc. - are encouraged to comment on the utility's pending request for a sewer rate increase.
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) - the state agency representing consumer interests in all cases before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) - is accepting written consumer comments for the case record through December 10, 2010.
The OUCC also encourages consumers to attend the IURC public field hearing scheduled for Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at the Borden Town Hall (129 West St.). The field hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m.
- Sworn oral and written comments regarding the rate case will be accepted during the field hearing.
- Oral and written consumer comments carry equal weight, and will become part of the official evidentiary record considered by the IURC in reaching its final decision.
- Commissioners are not permitted to answer consumer questions during the formal field hearing. (However, OUCC and IURC staff will be available before, during and after the hearing.)
An OUCC informational meeting on the regulatory process and public field hearing procedures will be held at 5:30 p.m., immediately preceding the field hearing.
Consumers who wish to submit written comments in this case may send them to the OUCC by mail, fax or e-mail, or through the OUCC's Website:
- 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
All written comments should include the consumer's name, mailing address, and a reference to IURC Cause No. 43949-U. The OUCC will file all written comments it receives by the close of business on December 10, 2010 with the IURC for inclusion in the case's official record.
The OUCC is reviewing Aqua Indiana's request and is currently scheduled to file its recommendations in the case on December 15, 2010.
Aqua Indiana, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aqua America, Inc., provides sewage disposal service to approximately 100 customers in western Clark County. The utility is requesting IURC permission to increase its monthly flat rate for residential and commercial customers from $37.50 to $80.00. In its filing, the utility cites infrastructure improvements, including treatment plant renovations, and increases in operating costs as reasons for seeking the increase.
Current rates for Heir Industries were approved in 2006. Rates and charges for other Aqua Indiana service territories are not at issue in this case.
For more information on this case, including a link to Aqua Indiana's formal request, please visit the OUCC Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2635.htm.
(IURC Cause No. 43949-U)
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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