Bourbon County

PSC to hear comments about rate hike in Lexington

The state Public Service Commission will come to Lexington next week to hear comments on Kentucky American Water's request for a 37 percent rate hike.

The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. July 28 in Norsworthy Auditorium at the "It's About Kids" Support Service Center, 701 East Main Street.

Kentucky American says the main reason it needs more money is to pay for a new treatment plant in Owen County and a pipeline to carry water to Lexington.

If granted in full, the increase would raise the monthly service charge from $8.60 to $9.15 a month, and the average usage charge from $3.77 to $5.76.

The company's last increase was in June 2009.

People may speak at the meeting or submit comments in writing.

There also will be an evidentiary hearing in the case. It will start Aug. 10 in Frankfort and is expected to last several days. There will be limited opportunity for public comments at that hearing, but written comments will be accepted through the hearing period.

The company has 119,000 customers in 10 counties.

Information on the case is available at psc.ky.gov. The case number is 2010-00036.

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