Kentucky-American to raise water rates

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Public Service Commission will allow Kentucky-American Water Co. to increase annual revenue by $10.3 million.

It will result in monthly rate increases of about $3.90 for customers using 5,000 gallons of water beginning Monday. A monthly customer charge will increase from $7.95 to $8.60.

Kentucky-American had sought to increase annual revenue by about $18.5 million, or about 31 percent. That would have increased the average monthly residential bill by about $7.

The PSC said the fee increase it granted was a "reasonable compromise."

Kentucky-American said the additional revenue is needed to meet increased operating costs and to pay for a new water treatment plant and pipeline in Owen County.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Resident Location: Winchester on Jun 2, 2009 at 10:09 AM
    Since moving to this area 5 years ago, every year I have heard about an increase for KY American Water for operation costs, water treatment, and pipeline repairs, etc. What I want to know is, why are the operating costs going up if they have yet to expand? As far as I can tell, they haven't fixed ANYTHING since I have lived here, and yet we have water mains breaking every winter. HELLO....This does not sound like a justifiable increase to me, or many others. I agree with others posted here, seems to me that some people are getting nice healty pay raises while the rest of us either go to the unemployment and soup lines, or get forced into a pay cut. If what they have increased our bills by does not produce the new water treatment plant, pipeline, and repair the rest of the lines in need, they should have to give every penny of this increase back to the customers. Make them accountable, just like the rest of us!
  • by Jay Location: Lexington on Jun 2, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    This is why an essential commodity like water should not be in sole control of a private company. They want to increase profits so their stock price goes up and shareholders are happy. How do they do that, well by screwing the rate-payers at every chance they get, and of course the Public Service Commmission will rubber stamp anything they ask for. If the government had control, at least you could vote out the council members who wanted to raise rates, but that is not an option since Kentucky American ran a few commercials telling the idiot voters what to do and of course they blindly obey.
  • by Michael Location: Lexington on Jun 2, 2009 at 07:42 AM
    Where is all of this money going? The taxpayers get the bill when the city is fined by the EPA over the drainage system even though we pay our taxes... why are we paying incompetent people? Where did all the money go? If you are going to steal my money... show something from it.
  • by chris Location: mount vernon, ky on Jun 2, 2009 at 12:06 AM
    i hate to admit to the fact about the average usage on utilities rates, including electricity. the kentucky public service commision is not up to par. they should all be fired. now tell me people, do a single wide trailer uses over 2500 kilawatts a month when an average home usages is about 900 monthly?
  • by steve on Jun 1, 2009 at 04:58 PM
    maybe we nee a good protest!!!
  • by Sandra Location: Lexington, KY on Jun 1, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    a reasonable compromise... how can you say that when people are losing their jobs right and left and KAW gets to line their pockets with even more money? That $3.90 may not seem like a lot, but that a gallon of milk for my family of 5... I think it's absolutely shameful that utility companies are trying to pad their bottom line when the country is in the worst recession its seen since the Great Depression!


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