PSC approves West Virginia American Water rate increase proposal

Charleston, WV (WOAY)- The Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC) has approved an 8 percent hike in water and sewer rates for West Virginia American Water (WVAW) Company customers.

The increase took effect on Saturday, February 24.

The PSC states the average water bill will increase by $5.69 a month, with sewer bills experiencing a $5.59 monthly hike.

The company filed for a 22.5% or $41.2 million increase in May 2023.

PSC reserved a potion of sewer costs to the water operations, resulting in a 24% or $43 million water increase.

WVAW’s original $51 million increase application proposed a $10 million reduction in its Distribution System Improvement Charge (DSIC), which the company uses to improve the systems distribution lines and systems.

The commission approved a $15 million or 8% increase in rates instead, following the elimination of a DSIC and the transfer of some sewer rates to water.

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