GREENVILLE, Maine — Maine Water Co. filed a water rate increase request on April 10 with the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for its Greenville Division. Maine Water’s request of $26,985 in additional revenues would add less than 10-cents per day to the water bill of a residential customer who uses 1,200 cubic feet per quarter, or about 100 gallons per day. The last time rates were increased in the Greenville Division was 2006.
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.
“We have held rates stable for more than 6 years” stated Maine Water President Judy Wallingford in a Maine Water press release. “During this period, we have seen declining water consumption and declining revenue, while many of our costs remained fixed and do not decrease when consumption decreases. We have absorbed the impact of declining revenues for the past six years, including the additional year that we agreed to not raise rates after the purchase of Aqua Maine by Connecticut Water. We have now reached the point where we need to increase revenue to ensure that we can continue to maintain the level of water quality and service that our customers expect.”
If the PUC were to approve Maine Water’s entire rate request, the average quarterly bill for a customer using 1,200 cubic feet of water would be $92.14, or about $30.71 per month. Residential customers will continue to pay about a penny per gallon of water delivered directly to their tap.
The Greenville water system serves 500 customers in Greenville and is one of 20 Maine water or wastewater systems owned or operated by Maine Water.