KEZAR FALLS, Maine — Maine Water Co. filed a water rate increase request on April 10 with the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for its Kezar Falls Division. Maine Water’s request of $52,521 in additional revenues would add about 18-cents per day to the water bill of a residential customer who uses 9,000 gallons per quarter, or about 100 gallons per day. The last time rates were increased in the Kezar Falls Division was 2007.
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 5 years” stated Maine Water President Judy Wallingford in a Maine Water press release. “During this period, we have seen our operating costs increase for things such as labor and benefits, taxes and depreciation. We have absorbed these costs for the past five 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 need to increase rates to cover the increased costs and ensure 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 9,000 gallons of water would be $118.75, or $39.58 per month. Residential customers will continue to pay just over a penny per gallon of water delivered directly to their tap.
The Kezar Falls water system serves 400 customers in the towns of Porter, Hiram and Parsonsfield, and is one of 20 Maine water or wastewater systems owned or operated by Maine Water.