For Immediate Release
Contact: Jason Gilham
614 | 466 7750
COLUMBUS, OHIO (June 13, 2012) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today authorized Aqua Ohio to increase the water and wastewater rates it charges to customers in the former Ohio American Water service territory. Under the new rates, Aqua Ohio will generate an additional $4.2 million annually, a 10.85 percent increase over current operating revenues.
Based on a typical monthly usage of 600 cubic feet, customers in Aqua Ohio’s Ashtabula, Lake White, Lawrence County, Mansfield, Marion and Tiffin service districts will see their monthly bills increase an average of $4.44 for water service. Customers in the Portage County and Franklin County service districts will see an average monthly bill increase of $5.76 for water service. The company’s wastewater customers in Franklin County will see an average wastewater service increase of $2.18.
The PUCO also ordered Aqua Ohio to reduce the monthly customer charge from $9.51 to $8.55. Aqua Ohio will continue to review water quality issues in the Blacklick service area and submit its findings to the PUCO staff and the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel within 180 days.
In August 2011, Ohio American Water filed an application with the PUCO to increase the rates it charges for water and wastewater service. In its application, the company requested a 22 percent revenue increase for water service and a 12 percent increase for wastewater service. Since that time, ownership of the Ohio American Water service territory has transferred to Aqua Ohio.
In January 2012, following a review of the application, the PUCO staff issued a recommendation to the PUCO commissioners. The staff proposed a lower revenue increase than the company requested. The PUCO later held five public hearings in Ashtabula, Galloway, Groveport, Marion and Tiffin to gather testimony from Aqua Ohio customers. More than 40 customers expressed concerns ranging from general opposition to any rate increase to displeasure with water quality. In May 2012, the PUCO staff and Aqua Ohio filed a settlement agreement in the case.
The new rates will become effective when Aqua Ohio files tariffs consistent with today’s Commission opinion and order. A copy of today’s Commission opinion and order is available at www.PUCO.ohio.gov. Click on the link to Docketing Information System and enter the case number 11-4161-WS-AIR.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business, and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe, and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.
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