Case No. FLS-W-07-01

December 14, 2007

Contact: Gene Fadness (208) 334-0339, 890-2712




Falls Water customers can testify about proposed 44.2 percent increase


The Idaho Public Utilities Commission will conduct a public hearing in Idaho Falls Tuesday night regarding Falls Water Company’s request for an average 44.2 percent increase in rates to pay for new meters and other system improvements.


Falls Water Company, with 3,200 customers northeast of Idaho Falls, originally requested an average 46.2 percent increase. Commission staff, which operates separately from the commission, is recommending an average 24.7 percent increase. The three commissioners, who will hear testimony from the company’s customers Tuesday night, may adopt the company’s recommendation, commission staff’s recommendation or implement a rate of its own.


The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. in the Pocatello Room of the Shilo Inn at 780 Lindsay Blvd. in Idaho Falls.


The company proposes increasing the monthly minimum charge for metered customers from $11.53 to $16.15 and the commodity charge for use beyond 12,000 gallons from 48 cents per 1,000 gallons to 72.7 cents. Commission staff is proposing an increase in the minimum monthly fee from $11.53 to $14 and an increase in the commodity charge from 48 cents per 1,000 gallons of use over 12,000 gallons to 62.6 cents.


The company is seeking an annual revenue requirement of $1,009,179. Staff is proposing an annual revenue requirement of $893,127.


The company also proposes increases in connection charges for a 1.5-inch meter from $825 to $930 and from $900 to $1,205 for a 2-inch meter. The commission staff supports the company’s proposed connection charges.


Copies of the company’s application and related documents are available on the commission’s Web site at Click on the water icon, Open Water Cases, and scroll down to Case No. FLS-W-07-01.