The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, or OUCC, is inviting written comments on Indiana American Water Company's request for a rate increase. According to its testimony and exhibits, Indiana American Water Company, or IAWC, is seeking the rate increase for several reasons including paying for numerous infrastructure projects which consist of replacing aging mains, treatment plant projects, storage tank renovation and more. The proposal would raise the average monthly water bill for customers using five-thousand gallons per month by two-dollars-40-cents, but in northwest Indiana, where customers are billed every two-months, the bi-monthly bill for ten-thousand gallons would rise by eleven-dollars-67-cents, equating to a monthly increase of five-dollars-84-cents.
The OUCC is currently reviewing the utility's request and has not yet taken a position. They anticipate completing its review by May 2nd. For more information click http://www.in.gov/oucc/2654.htm and a link for consumers who wish to submit written comments in this case, visit http://www.in.gov/oucc/2361.htm or by mail, email or fax:
- Mail: Consumer Services Staff
Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South
Indianapolis, IN 46204
- Fax: (317) 232-5923
Written comments the OUCC receives by April 25, 2014 will be filed with the Commission and included in the case’s formal evidentiary record. Comments should include the consumer’s name, mailing address, and a reference to “IURC Cause No. 44450.”
Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the OUCC’s consumer services staff toll-free at 1-888-441-2494.
The OUCC reports the City of Crown Point has intervened in this case and is also expected to file testimony on May 2nd.