Public can speak on Aquarion’s 22% rate increase request

A requested 22.7% increase in residential water rates over three years for Aquarion customers is before the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA).

A public hearing on the proposal for this region will be held Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Fairfield Independence Hall, 725 Old Post Road, Fairfield.

According to Aquarion, the new rates would add 26 cents a day, on average, to a local residential household bill. That equates to about an $8 per month increase on an average bill in some communities, from $43 to $51 a month, according to Aquarion documents.

Aquarion says the increase will help the company to continue to invest in infrastructure to serve 625,000 residents in 47 communities in the state.

Aquarion Water Co. of Connecticut serves many residents and businesses in Shelton, and also is one of the city’s largest taxpayers due to its reservoirs, other land holdings, and equipment. The company also serves parts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Increase to take effect in September

In March, the company filed an application with PURA for new water rates that, if approved, would become effective in September. The water company requested an 18.3% increase in water rates in the first year, as well as increases of 1.8% and 1.9% in the following two years.

The increase may vary by area, according to the company. For more specific information on rates, customers can call Aquarion at 203-445-7310.

Other PURA public hearings on the Aquarion rate request will take place at 6:30 p.m. on June 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Mystic; June 25 in Torrington; and July 8 in Simsbury.

In addition to speaking at the public hearing, customers also are welcome to provide comments on the application in writing to PURA at 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051, or by sending an email to PURA asks that those commenting refer to Docket No. 13-02-20 in any written or electronic correspondence.