9/27/2013 9:51 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - Water rates will go up next month for 171,000 West Virginia American Water Customers.
The state Public Service Commission approved an agreement Thursday to raise rates by 6.7% by October 11. The company had reached an agreement in July with the PSC's Consumer Advocate Division. Customers with the Fayetteville Water System will see a 14% rate increase to help pay for repairs to a sewage treatment plant the company acquired in 2008.
The company was spreading the costs of that project among customers throughout the state in order to avoid a much bigger increase for Fayetteville customers.
The agreement kept the company from filing for another rate increase until January 2015.