The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) will hold a public field
hearing on Indiana-American Water Company’s proposed rate hike at 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 10, at the Gary Common Council Chambers, 401 Broadway in
Prior to the field hearing the Indiana Office of Consumer Counselor (OUCC)
will hold an educational session at 4:30 p.m.
Indiana-American Water Company (IAWC) is seeking a new schedule of rates
which would, in Northwest Indiana, spike average customers’ bills by more
than 17 percent.
For most IAWC residential customers using 5,000 gallons of water per month,
the monthly water bill would rise from $37.35 to $39.75, an increase of 6.4
percent. This would apply throughout most of the company’s service
territories, except in Northwest Indiana, where customers are billed
every two months. Here the bimonthly bill for 10,000 gallons would increase
from $67.81 to $79.48, or--on a monthly basis--from $33.90 to $39.74, a
spike of 17.21 percent.
These numbers do not include fire protection surcharges.
According to its testimony, IAWC is seeking the rate increase for several
reasons, including paying for numerous infrastructure improvements,
including replacing aging mains, treatment plant projects, and storage tank
During field hearings, consumers have the opportunity to speak directly to
the IURC or submit written comments. For those who are unable to attend,
they may submit written comments to the OUCC online at