Aqua Indiana Defends Rate Increase

By Scott Sarvay

August 25, 2010 Updated Aug 25, 2010 at 5:34 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The time for talking is over. At least when it comes to public comments about the proposed Aqua Indiana rate increases in southwest Allen County.

Written comments to the Utility Regulatory Commission were due by Wednesday and residents haven't been hiding their opposition to the more than 16-percent increase for water service and more than 18-percent for sewer service.

They cite poor taste and hard water as major complaints. Even though the president of Aqua Indiana said they've recently softened the water.

So we asked, “Why the rate hike just two years after a 75% increase?”

President of Aqua Indiana Terry Rokacy says, “The 75% increase addressed capital investment that the company had made in previous years, a number of years before that. This particular increase addressed new capital investment that was required by the Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission as well as IDEM."

He says seven of the $10 million spent in those capital investments were required upgrades, like softening the water.

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