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PSC Approves W.Va. Water Utility Surcharge For Improvements

The 1.62 percent surcharge will amount to about $1.01 for the average residential customer using 3,100 gallons a month.
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The 1.62 percent surcharge will amount to about $1.01 for the average residential customer using 3,100 gallons a month.

West Virginia American Water's request for a surcharge for infrastructure improvements has been approved by the state Public Service Commission.

The 1.62 percent surcharge will amount to about $1.01 for the average residential customer using 3,100 gallons a month, the utility said. The surcharge is down from the 2021 average surcharge of about $3.55 a month, West Virginia American Water said in a news release.

The PSC approved the infrastructure replacement program on Monday.

The program includes $32.5 million in systemwide upgrades for 2022. The improvements include $18.6 million to replace or upgrade more than 30 miles of water mains; $9.2 million to replace service lines, fire hydrants, meters and booster stations; $2.5 million to rehabilitate water storage tanks; and $2.2 million for post-acquisition investment in troubled water systems, the company said.

Last week, the PSC approved new base rates for the company, with an average monthly increase of more than $4 for residential water customers.


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