Aqua Indiana President Defends Rate Increase

By Scott Sarvay

April 14, 2011 Updated Apr 14, 2011 at 5:46 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry hopes Aqua Indiana’s rate hikes go down the drain after the Indiana Regulatory Commission approved a 7.2 percent increase in water rates and an 8.4 percent rise in sewer rates on Wednesday.

This increase comes after Aqua Indiana hiked rates 75-percent a little more than 2-years-ago and raised water and sewer rates a combined six times in less than three years.

Aqua officials say this latest increase would help them recoup money spent on required upgrades like water softening.

Henry says, “I want to meet with the residents. I'm going to have a series of meetings in the southwest area of Fort Wayne, asking them to sit down and talk to me about the quality of the water. And that's the biggest problem - the quality of the water is not what they're expecting it to be for the price that they're paying."

Aqua originally requested a water rate increase of 16-percent and a sewer increase of 18-percent.

The President of Aqua Indiana, Thomas Bruns, will tell us why he thinks the most recent rate hikes are a necessity during our in-depth segment at 5:30 pm.

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