Beckley Water Company seeking 45% rate increase

Beckley, WV (WOAY) – Beckley Water Company is requesting a 45 percent rate hike for average residential usage.

According to the company, the increase would boost the residential monthly bill to $43.21. 

Beckley Water is seeking rate hikes for services in Beckley, Bradley, Cabell Heights, Crab Orchard, and Sophia. 

The company has filed a request with the Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia.

The proposal displays increased rates for all categories, including commercial, industrial, and other public authorities, in various gallons per month, ranging from average residential consumption of 3,000 gallons to an almost 37 percent hike for residents’ use of 4,500 gallons a month.

The proposed rate hikes and charges will go into effect on September 28 unless the PSC intervenes.

The increase will produce about $4.4 million annually in additional revenue for the company, a 28 percent boost.

To protest the proposed increase, you can file a written petition within 30 days, briefly stating why you disagree with the rate hike. 

Address all letters of protest to the PSC Secretary at P.O. Box 812, Charleston, WV, 25323. 

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