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Tell IURC what you think of proposed 17 percent water rate hike on Thursday in Gary

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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 Gary.

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 renovations.

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 or by mail, email, or fax:

Mail: Consumer Services Staff, Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, 115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South, Indianapolis, IN 46204


Fax: (317) 232-5923

Written comments should include the consumer’s name, mailing address, and a reference to “Cause No. 44450.”

If you would like to access case-related documents under Cause No. 44450, please visit our Electronic Document System at

Instructions on how to best use this database can be found at


Posted 4/9/2014