State utility board sets water
rate hike hearing
Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune
GARY - Customers of Indiana-American Water Co. will have
a chance Tuesday to tell a state agency what they think
of paying more for water.
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, which sets
Indiana-Americanís rates, will hold a public hearing on
the investor-owned water companyís latest rate increase
The hearing will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Savannah
auditorium at Indiana University Northwest, 3400 Broadway.
Indiana-American is asking the IURC for a 14.7 percent
increase in its water rates in Northwest Indiana.
The German-owned water company has customers in Gary,
Portage, Merrillville, Hobart, Chesterton, Burns Harbor
and South Haven.
The proposed rate increase comes less than two years
after the IURC approved a two-step, 38 percent jump in
In November 2002, state regulators allowed Indiana-American
to increase its rates by 18.1 percent immediately and
up to 20.2 percent later.
The water company got that rate increase to recoup the
cost of building a new water intake tunnel into Lake Michigan.
This time, it is asking for a rate increase to recover
the cost of two purchases ó Northwest Indiana Water Co.
in 1999 and the Turkey Creek water utility in 2002 ó and
to pay for higher security, operating and maintenance
Another state agency, the Indiana Office of Consumer
Counselor, will have an information session at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday ó just before the IURC hearing.
That session will be to explain the regulatory process,
describe hearing procedures and answer questions.
The consumer counselorís office is the state agency that
represents customers in rate cases. It will file written
testimony on Indiana-Americanís case on or before Feb.
Indiana-American serves about 273,000 customers in 21
Indiana counties, including about 66,000 in Northwest