PUCO Adopts Agreement in Aqua Ohio Rate Case

COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 22, 2017) – Today the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) adopted an agreement authorizing Aqua Ohio to increase its rates for water service.

The approved settlement authorizes Aqua Ohio to increase water distribution rates by $4.2 million annually and sets a 7.47 percent rate of return on its investments. Aqua Ohio will also establish a bill-assistance pilot program for its low-income customers.

The average residential customer will see total bill increases ranging from $1.53 to $4.32 per month, depending on the customer’s service territory.

On May 31, 2016, Aqua Ohio filed an application to increase its rates for water service by $5.6 million annually. On Jan. 26, 2017, Aqua Ohio and PUCO staff reached a settlement reducing the increase to $4.2 million. The Ohio Consumers’ Council and the city of Marion agreed not to oppose the settlement.

Local public hearings were held in Ashtabula, Columbus and Marion in early 2017. Eleven witnesses provided testimony at the hearings.

More information regarding the case may be found on the PUCO website here. A copy of today’s opinion and order can be found in the PUCO Docketing Information System under case number 16-907-WW-AIR.

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