PUCO approves Aqua Ohio system improvement charge
COLUMBUS, OHIO (Feb. 6, 2019) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved a system improvement charge for Aqua Ohio. Aqua will add a 3.66 percent surcharge to customer bills until the utility’s next distribution rate case with the PUCO. Areas where Aqua's rates are established by local ordinances are not affected.
Ohio law allows PUCO-regulated water and wastewater companies to establish a system improvement charge based upon capital improvements and infrastructure replacements it has made since its last received PUCO authority to increase rates. The utility’s last distribution rate case was authorized in March 2017.
On March 1, 2018, Aqua Ohio filed an application with the PUCO for approval to collect a system improvement charge for water service in its Lake Erie Division, Masury Division, and the service areas formerly served by Ohio American Water Company, Mohawk Utilities, and Tomahawk Utilities. In its application, Aqua stated it had made large infrastructure investments since it last received approval to increase its rates from the PUCO. The utility requested to establish a system improvement charge of 3.937 percent.
On Nov. 8, 2018, Aqua Ohio and PUCO staff filed a settlement agreement establishing a system improvement charge of 3.66 percent.
NOTE: This news release was corrected on Feb. 7, 2019 to include language that the surcharge does not apply to areas where Aqua's rates are set by local ordinances.
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