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Jewett City Water Company Proposing To Raise Water Pricing

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The Jewett City Water Company wants to raise your rates to the tune of 33.20% over last year or $579,547. Jewett City water has requested these increases to be approved by the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. Metered water customers would receive a 27.55% increase while public fire protection would be increased an astronomical 63.79%. According to Griswold Finance Director Erik Christensen, the town pays 2 installments of $32,000 for a total of $64,000. Leona Sharkey informed us on the Borough end, they have budgeted $140,000 current fiscal year for hydrants and water use.

It’s not just your home water bill that will increase, this may also affect your taxes since the town and borough budgets would have to increase due to the cost increase. Just from the proposed increase to the residential customer, If you are using an average of 500 cubic feet of water per month, this will now cost you $66.90 per month, an increase of $14.45 per month.

The Authority has scheduled a Notice of Hearing for Public Comment for Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. via remote access. There will be additional hearings on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.; Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.; Friday, January 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.; and Monday, February 1, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.; and will be further continued as deemed necessary by the Authority. Information concerning the scheduling for public hearings on the proposed application can be obtained from the Authority by calling (800) 382-4586. The remote access web link for the Notice of Hearing for Public Comment on January 14, 2021 is:
http://ctdeep.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctd-utqTMsHdaOnB33Qo841d4wrnQqccQx

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Any customer who wishes to provide comments regarding the Company’s proposed rate increase may do so at any of the Authority’s public hearings, by writing to the Authority at 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, Connecticut 06051 or by sending an e-mail to PURA.ExecutiveSecretary@ct.gov. All correspondence, written or electronic, shall refer to Docket Number 20-10-31. The public may call the Authority’s offices at (860) 827-1553, option 4 (using a touch tone phone) commencing each day from 7:30 a.m., to be advised as to whether the hearing has been canceled or postponed due to inclement weather. The Authority can also be contacted at the following website:
https://portal.ct.gov/pura.

There are a total of 5 public hearings regarding this which will be held online starting January 14.

It may be time to break out the wooden barrel and bathe in rain water.

Written by: Mike Minarsky

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