Hearing on Aquarion water rate increases set for Tuesday night

A second public hearing on a proposal by Aquarion that could raise water rates 22.7% will be held tonight, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Fairfield Warde High School, 755 Melville Ave., Fairfield.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to attend this public comment hearing to voice any concerns on the proposed rate increases for each of the next three years.

Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), which conducted a hearing in Fairfield on June 18, will hold a second hearing in Fairfield for anyone who was not able to attend the June hearing. A transcriptionist will be present to record comments. Any resident or business may attend and voice their opinion at the July hearing.

Last February, Aquarion notified PURA of the proposed increases. PURA is statutorily charged with regulating the rates and services of Connecticut’s investor-owned electricity, natural gas, water and telecommunication companies. If these increases take effect, residents, the town and its public fire, as well as businesses, would incur these costs starting this September. A final decision is expected to be made this August.

Information is available on PURA’s website, ct.gov.pura. The Docket No. is 13-02-20.

The hearing was requested after an overflow crowd turned out at Fairfield’s municipal offices to oppose the rate increase. Click here to read the earlier story.

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