HARTFORD, Ky. — The water rates for many in Ohio County may be about to go up by as much as 20 percent. The Ohio County Water District has filed an application with the Kentucky Public Service Commission seeking approval to raise its monthly water rates. According to a notice from the OCWD, the application was filed on or around June 5, 2020. The OCWD has not raised water rates since August 2009.
In the application, the OCWD presented the PSC its proposed rate changes. All OCWD customers will see rates climb over 20 percent. Customer buying water from the county at wholesale prices, for example, Centertown and Beaver Dam, will see about a 20.5 percent increase in its wholesale price.
The proposed rates are as follows:
According to the OCWD, the average retail customer’s monthly water purchase is 4,417 gallons. The proposed rates will increase the average retail customer’s monthly bill from $42.35 to $51.08 or 20.6 percent. For those buying water wholesale, the customer’s monthly water purchase is 5,150,717 gallons. The proposed rates will increase an average wholesale customer’s monthly bill from $13,804 to $16,637 or 24.1 percent.
The rates contained in the notice are the rates proposed by Ohio County Water District. However, the PSC may order rates to be charged that differ from the proposed rates.
Due to state law, the proposed rates may not be placed into effect until the PSC has issued an order approving the proposed rates or six months after the OCWD’s application was filed, whichever occurs first.
The PSC established Case No. 2020-00167 to review the OCWD’s application. Anyone can look over the application at OCWD office at 124 East Washington St. in Hartford or at the PSC’s offices at 211 Sower Boulevard in Frankfort. The PSC’s offices are open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. You can also go to the PSC’s web site by clicking here.
Comments regarding the application may be submitted to the PSC through its website at http://psc.ky.gov or by mail to the Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 615, Frankfort, Kentucky 40602.
A person can submit a timely written request for intervention to the Kentucky Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 615, Frankfort, Kentucky 40602, establishing the grounds for the request including the person’s status and interest.
If the Kentucky Public Service Commission does not receive a written request for intervention within 30 days of the initial publication of the notice, it may take final action on the proposed rates.
To view a PDF copy of the notice submitted by the OCWD, click here.
The OCWD also posted the notice on its Facebook page.