Indy residents could see $5 per month increase on water bill

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 30, 2015)– A settlement has been reached in a water rate case involving Citizens Energy filed in June 2015.

The utility wants to increase average monthly water bills by approximately $5. The current average bill is $30 per month, according to Citizens Energy.

Early on, the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor was concerned about the effects that increase would have for low-income customers. Under the new settlement, Citizens Energy agreed to create a “low-income crisis fund.”

The group now will provide $100,000 to that fund annually. The money will come from leases on cell phone towers.

“We are pleased with the settlement in our water rate case,” said Jeffrey Harrison, President & CEO of Citizens Energy Group. “Both parties have worked very hard over the last couple of months to negotiate a settlement that puts customers first while keeping in mind the revenue needed in order to make necessary infrastructure improvements to our water utility.”

Although a settlement has been reached, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission must still approve the plan before it takes effect.

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