Maine Water Company (Maine Water) filed a water rate increase request on June 25th with the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for its Skowhegan Division. Maine Water’s request of $69,022 in additional revenues would add about four 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 Skowhegan Division was 2011.
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 continue to see declining consumption, with a 6% decrease in water sales since 2010” stated Maine Water President Judy Wallingford. “At the same time, we are continuing our commitment to replace aging water mains, with almost $400,000 of capital replacement projects underway this summer throughout Skowhegan.”
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 $65.95, or about $22 per month. Residential customers will continue to pay less than a penny per gallon of water delivered directly to their tap.
The Skowhegan water system serves 2,400 customers in the Town of Skowhegan and is one of 20 Maine water or wastewater systems owned or operated by Maine Water.