Request for WVAW files with status PSC; possible price increase for water customers

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CHARLESTON, WV (WSAZ) – West Virginia American Water (WVAW) has filed an application with the state Public Service Commission to approve an infrastructure replacement program that could increase monthly rates for customers.

In the application, filed Thursday, water company officials told the PSC that the proposed 2023 rate replacement program includes more than $81 million for infrastructure replacement and system upgrades.

According to WVAW, that would be about $2.88 more per month for the average customer using 2,943 gallons at home.

The company says additional funding is needed to replace aging infrastructure, including $25 million to replace and upgrade about 16 miles of water pipes, among other projects.

“West Virginia American Water’s annual infrastructure replacement program has been in place since 2017, and it gives us the opportunity to make timely and necessary investments in our water systems,” Robert Burton, president of WVAW, said in a statement. A press release. “This additional infrastructure investment has allowed us to improve the reliability of our system while reducing long-term costs for our customers.”

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