Water Industry News
rates for Greenwich and Darien CT will drop
By Martin B. Cassidy
October 28, 2004
Water rates for residents of Greenwich and Darien will drop, while bills
for other Fairfield County residents stay the same following the
rejection of a rate increase requested by Aquarion Water Co.
In a decision issued yesterday afternoon, the Department of Public
Utility Control ordered Bridgeport-based Aquarion Water Co. to cut rates
for the Greenwich division, which also serves Darien.
Greenwich customers will see a 2.87 percent rate cut, meaning a family
that uses about 18,000 gallons of water per quarter -- Greenwich's
average -- will pay $96.65, instead of $99.50.
Rates for the other divisions, including the Stamford-New Canaan
division of the company will remain the same, as will prices for
customers in New Haven, Hartford and Litchfield counties, said Aquarion
spokeswoman Adrienne Vaughan.
The utility applied to the DPUC for a rate increase in late March.
Aquarion sought to increase revenues to offset $200 million spent since
1996 on statewide infrastructure improvements, including work on dams,
water mains, storage tanks, pump stations and treatment plants, Vaughan
From 2000 to 2003, the company spent $9.6 million in Greenwich and
Darien on water main replacements and other projects, and hundreds of
thousands on other projects such as a $500,000 project to add more
hydrant connections in more isolated areas, Vaughan said.
"We're exceptionally disappointed because we've spent a tremendous
amount of money to ensure we are delivering high quality water and good
service to our customers," Vaughan said. "We're still working
with the decision and trying to come up with a plan to do more with
The company also wanted to enact a uniform rate structure for its entire
service territory, which includes 36 towns and 587,000 people around the
state. But the DPUC found that Aquarion instead should get a revenue
decrease citing incomplete construction projects and adjustments for
weather and the number of customers the company serves. Aquarion
reported slightly more than $110 million in revenue from April 1, 2003
to March 31, 2004, in Connecticut. The decision is expected to take
effect in the first week of November, Vaughan said.
--The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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