PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED WATER & WASTEWATER RATE CHANGEs
6:00 PM on Monday, May 16, 2022 at Augusta City Center, Council Chambers
The meeting will be held in person at Council Chambers, City Center, 16 Cony Street, in Augusta along with a Zoom webinar option.
Telephone: +1 929 205 6099
Webinar ID: 897 9695 6143
We invite the public to attend our hearing on May 16 to learn more about our proposed water and wastewater rate changes, which will be effective July 1, 2022. While we take pride in keeping costs and rates stable, rising operating costs have made these increases essential to continue providing safe and reliable water supplies, and effective wastewater treatment, as detailed below.
Drinking Water & Fire Protection
The proposed increase is $1.25 / month minimum. The typical residential customer will pay approximately $2.30 more per month, or 10% (following an increase of 10% on July 1, 2021). The increase would apply to all customer classes, including public and private fire protection and private hydrants, and will generate additional revenue of approximately $447,185, which will help fund the following important work:
- Replace aging pumps, pipes and equipment
- Improve aging computer systems needed to operate the utility
- Increase operational resiliency by adding critical personnel
- Address the rising costs of supplies and energy
The proposed increase is $2.55 / month minimum. The typical residential customer will pay approximately $7.17 more per month, or 30% (which follows an average rate decrease of 29% on July 1, 2019). The increase will generate additional revenue of approximately $779,000, which will help fund the following important work:
- Upgrade old pump stations
- Replace aging wastewater plant equipment
- Address increasing power and supply costs
- Replace and reline failing pipes
- Increase operational resiliency
If you have any questions or want more information, you may call Brian Tarbuck, General Manager, at (207) 622-3701, or the Administrative Director of the PUC at (207) 287-3831 to ask about water rates. (The PUC doesn’t regulate wastewater.)
Customer Rights (for water rates only)
Pursuant to 35-A MRS Section 6104, a customer has the right to request additional information relating to the present and proposed rates from the District, the right to an open and fair hearing, and the right to assistance from the Public Advocate.
Customers also have the right to petition the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to suspend and investigate the District’s rates pursuant to 35-A MRS Section 310, if, on or before thirty (30) days following the public hearing, 15% of the District’s customers (or 1,000 customers, whichever is less), file with the District’s General Manager and with the PUC, c/o Administrative Director, 18 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0018, a petition or petitions demanding review by the PUC of the proposed rate changes. Signatures on the petitions filed pursuant to Section 7 are invalid unless accompanied by the printed names and addresses of the signers. Upon request the District will provide customers with petition forms that include space for the signatures, printed names and addresses of the signers.
Material supporting the proposed rate increase is available for inspection at this link or at the District’s office at 12 Williams Street. If you have any questions or desire additional information, you may call Brian Tarbuck, General Manager, at (207) 622-3701, or the Administrative Director of the PUC at (207) 287-3831.
For additional information or other assistance, contact the Office of The Public Advocate, 112 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0112, (207) 624-3687.