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Possible rate adjustment on water/wastewater for Lake Darby
Ohio American Water filed an application July 1 with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to adjust rates for water and wastewater service in all operating districts.
This filing represents the first step in a nine-month process outlined by PUCO regulations. The process includes a comprehensive review of information and opportunities for public input. Ohio
According to David Little, president of Ohio American Water, the company has invested approximately $27.5 million statewide in enhancing its water and wastewater infrastructure since December 31, 2008.
These investments enhance service quality, reliability and fire protection for customers while keeping the cost of water service for most local households at about a penny per gallon.
“Prudent infrastructure investment, which continues to be Ohio American Water’s strategy, helps to ensure quality water and wastewater service by reducing the frequency of service interruptions, maintaining high water quality compliance standards, and assuring system reliability for years to come,” Little said.
Ohio American Water’s rates are based on the true costs of providing water service, as reviewed by PUCO.
“The Company works to operate efficiently and control operating expenses. The company’s goal is to balance that objective with the continuous need for significant capital investment to meet increasing state and federal requirements,” Little said.
Following the July 1 filing, a comprehensive review process by PUCO is the next step in the ratemaking process. Public hearings and opportunities for public comment are part of the process. PUCO has 275 days to review the request, garner public opinion and issue an order.
The table below outlines the affect the requested increase would have on a typical residential customer (household) in the Franklin County area:
||# of Customers Affected
||Water Monthly Increase
||Sewer Monthly Increase
||Total Montly Increase Requested
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