Public To Weigh In On Water Rate Increase

May 28, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky American Water customers could see their water bills jump by about $5 a month if a new rate increase proposal is approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission. The proposal will be laid out in greater detail at a public meeting Tuesday night.

Water company representatives will be on hand tonight to discuss plans for the rate increase with the Public Service Commission.  Spokeswoman Susan Lancho says the company will brief the community about the changes and take public comment. 

“The public has an opportunity to respond and to learn more about the reasonings behind these sorts of rate requests,” she says.

The proposed hike would raise the average customer bill to about $38 per month. PSC spokesperson Andrew Melnykovych says the company is also asking for a couple annual adjustments that involve less PSC oversight than goes into a rate case.  

"One would be to cover their cost of infrastructure repair and replacements and the other one would be to account for fluctuations in the cost of energy and chemicals, and those would work as sort of a surcharge mechanism," Melnykkovych says.

Tonight’s meeting is at 5:30 at Brian Station High School.