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East Chicago Municipal Water

The IURC approved new rates and charges for East Chicago's municipal water utility on April 26, 2017. The Commission order and OUCC news release are both available online.

The order approved a settlement agreement (12-22-16) and addendum (1-19-17) filed by the OUCC and the City.

Under the order, the monthly water bill for a residential customer using 5,000 gallons rose from $12.05 to $18.66. The city was also authorized to issue up to $18 million in long-term debt.

The OUCC filed the following testimony in support of the agreement:

Closing arguments filed by the case's parties included the joint proposed order of the city and the OUCC, along with the OUCC's response to the industrial group's proposed order.

An IURC public field hearing was held in East Chicago on November 17, 2016. The OUCC issued a November 4, 2016 news release to invite public comments.

To view the IURC's public case file, click here and enter cause number 44826. The file includes a report filed by the city on February 5, 2018.

The IURC approved East Chicago's previous water rates in 2006. Municipal sewer rates are exempt from IURC oversight and are set by locally elected city and town councils.