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2003 Water Rates News


December, 2003

Indiana-American Water seeks 14.7 percent rate increase for its 65,000 customers in Northwest Indiana, who have already seen water rates go up 40 percent in the last year. Lake Michigan water tunnel costs a factor. Northwest Indiana Times 12/31/03

October, 2003

El Paso braces for "dramatic" water rate increase over the next several years. Funds needed for desalination and arsenic removal.  El Paso Times 10/30/03

Batavia, Ilinois faces 77% water rate increase to pay for radium removal.  Daily Herald 10/14/03

Juneau, Alaska city officials approve 39% water rate hike and 19% sewer rates increase.  Juneau Empire 10/14/03

New state standards could drive up Michigan home water and sewer bills.  Detroit News 10/13/03

After years of double-digit rate hikes from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, the Michigan county is looking at other options for water and sewer service.  Oakland Press 10/11/03

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department overcharged Oakland County communities $13 million during the past two years.  Detroit News

Wisconsin city has spent $1.5 million fighting EPA's "mad scientists" on radium water standards. As water level drops, problem gets worse. Alternate water supply costs an estimated $44 million to $77 million—and huge increase in local water rates.  GMToday/WaukeshaFreeman

West Virginia-American Water Co. president defends 15% rate increase in testimony before state regulators. Opponents argue rates are too high.  Charleston Gazette

Maynard, Mass. increases sewer rates by 23% and water by 8-to-32%. Rates based on amount used.  Beacon Villager

Just when residents of Indiana town were getting used to a 12 percent increase in their water rates, the news comes that they will increase another 30 percent.  Herald-Argus

Missouri-American Water seeks 4.29% surcharge on St. Louis County water bills.  St. Louis Business Journal

Missouri-American Water Co. trying to improve communication with residents of St. Joseph, Missouri. Rate increase plan that raised residential costs while lowering industrial and resale payments causing concern.  St. Joseph News-Press

Promised $244 rebate could cost community's water users twice that in increased fees. Nevada PUC approved it, but it's not what they intended.  Reno Gazette Journal

Bismarck, N.D. water and sewer rates to rise 4.7% to fund $52 million in improvements.  Bismarck Tribune

Vero Beach, Florida looks at raising rates for recycled water. Once scorned, it's now nicely profitable. Press Journal
Florida county changes water rates in anticipation of taking control of Florida Water Services' Spring Hill utility. St. Petersburg Times
Water and sewer fees in Juneau, Alaska may leap 32-37% to cover costs of improvements. Juneau Empire

California Water Service Group gets PUC permission to raise rates. Company expects additional $12.8 million in revenue. Business Wire/Yahoo
Yorba Linda, Ca. water district warns users of 9% rate hike caused by state action. Warning turns out to be wrong, but district may raise rates more than 9% anyway. LA Times


Denver residents face 5% water rate hike. Off-sets revenue losses from conservation. Denver Business Journal

Water conservation cuts Denver's income by $8 million. Rocky Mountain News

Ann Arbor, Mi. water bills likely to soar. Higher rates make up for outdated billing system and undercharging of some customers. Ann Arbor News


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