Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

October 8, 2013

Let voice be heard on proposed hikes

— — Many weeks ago West Virginia Water Company printed a notice in the local newspaper of a pending rate increase of 19.7 percent. The rate increase would apply to all customers who receive water directly from American Water. Customers could send their objection in writing to the Public Service Commission of West Virginia. Did you as a customer do that?

On June 11 a public hearing was held at Brushfork Armory. Five people, representing three households from Bluefield, and one man from another district were in attendance; the remaining ten were several local water company employees.

The rate request by the water company was granted at 6.7 percent effective Oct. 11.

Yes, we appreciate our water utility, but the object of this letter is that if you did not send a letter to the PSC, and you did not attend the hearing then don’t complain when your water bill increases in October. What if the PSC had granted the proposed 19.7 percent?

Bluefield Gas Company has requested an increase in their rates effective Nov. 1 for their 3,600 customers in Bluefield. The proposed increase is residential, 10.41 percent; commercial, 11.09 percent; and industrial, 12.95 percent. Perhaps you still have time to get your letter to the PSC if you object to the increase.

Juanita W. Gray

Bluefield

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