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Public Hearing Set for NHU Water Rate Case

A telephonic public hearing with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 111 at the New Holstein City Hall regarding NHU's application to increase water rates.

New Holstein Utilities is requesting a total increase in revenues of $186,124. The request would result in an estimated overall rate increase of 38% over the water utility's current revenues. If the request is granted, the water bill for a residential customer with a 3/4-inch meter who uses 4,000 gallons/month would see an increase in their bill of $6.12.

The increase is necessary because of increased operating costs and reduced sales since NHU's last rate case in 2006. From 2005 through 2009, the volume of gallons sold has decreased by 55%. This is primarily due to the closing of Tecumseh Power Company, as industrial gallons sold has dropped by 97.5%. Increases in depreciation expenses, payments in lieu of taxes, pumping costs, chemicals and some administrative costs are also contributing to the need for the adjustment.

Documents regarding the application are available for review at the NHU office. Questions regarding the water rate case can be directed to Randy Jaeckels, NHU's General Manager, at 898-5776.