Indiana American Water proposes 3.19 percent rate hike

Company says money needed for improvements

INDIANAPOLIS - Thousands of Hoosiers could soon be paying more for water.

Indiana American Water, which has 291,000 customers in Indiana, is proposing a 3.19 percent hike.

A representative said the increase is necessary for improving infrastructure, such as replacing water mains, valves and hydrants.

"It is not technically a general rate increase since, once we receive our next rate order from the commission in a general rate case, the surcharge goes back to zero," wrote Joe Loughmiller in an email to RTV6. "These  DSIC (Distribution System Improvement Charge) filings are intended to reduce regulatory lag -- the time between when distribution system improvements are completed by a utility and included in rates. They keep costs down by not having to do full-blown rate cases more often and also encourage utilities to invest where it is badly needed because of aging infrastructure."

Indiana American Water has faced criticism from Mooresville residents over a recent 17 percent increase.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will hold a hearing on the increase Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. at the IURC Conference Center.

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