Consumer Group Says Citizens Water Rate Increase Too High

Citizens Water is seeking a 14.7 percent hike in water rates, but the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor says it should only be about a 2.6 percent.

Water faucet

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A drop of water falls from a tap. Citizens Energy is seeking to increase its water rate by 14 percent.

Citizens Water wants to raise the rates it charges customers.

Citizens Energy CEO Carey Lykins stated the utility‘s case during an Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission hearing Monday. The hearings run through Aug. 2.

“We believe citizens is seeking a more aggressive approach than is necessary,” says Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor Spokesman Anthony Swinger.

Citizens Water is seeking a 14.7 percent hike in water rates. Swinger says his group thinks that figure should be held down to about a 2.6 percent hike. Swinger says his group took a long look at Citizens‘ filing and says the utility is seeking a “more aggressive” hike than necessary.

Swinger says it all comes down to the amount customers pay. He says they respect Citizens‘ request for an increase, but it is too high. Swinger says Citizens‘ request for a hike in sewer rates remains a separate issue for another set of hearings.

IURC Spokesperson Danielle McGrath says a final decision on the water rate hike request is not expected until the end of the year.

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