MILLINOCKET, Maine — Aqua Maine Inc. said it filed a water rate increase request on March 18 with the Maine Public Utilities Commission for its Millinocket Division. The proposed increase is for $99,026, or 8.74 percent. This is the first rate request by Aqua for Millinocket customers in four years, the company said.
The PUC has up to nine months to review the request and make a final decision, although a decision could be made sooner. All customers will be mailed a notice of this proceeding, which outlines their rights to participate in the process, Aqua Maine said.
“We have invested more than $900,000 in system improvements since our last rate request in 2007. We have a responsibility to improve and maintain infrastructure, and most recently have made upgrades to the treatment plant to control power costs, which is reflected in this rate request,” said Aqua Maine President Judy Wallingford.
If the PUC were to approve Aqua’s entire rate request, the average quarterly bill for a customer using 1,500 cubic feet of water would be $81.06 ($27.02 a month), an increase of $10.50, or less than 12 cents a day.
The Millinocket water system serves 2,000 customers in the town is one of 20 Maine water or wastewater systems owned or operated by Aqua.