Idaho Public Utilities Commission
Case No. FLS-W-09-01, Order No. 30893
September 2, 2009
Contact: Gene Fadness (208) 334-0339, 890-2712
Falls Water seeks rate increase
The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is reviewing an application by Falls Water Company for a rate increase. Falls Water serves about 3,600 residential and commercial customers north of Ammon and northeast of Idaho Falls in Bonneville County.
The company wants to increase its fixed rate for metered customers from $14 to $18 per month, but proposes to decrease the portion of rates based on the amount of water used. That rate, the commodity rate, would decrease from 66.7 cents per 1,000 gallons used to 60 cents.
Falls Water estimates that the increase in the fixed rate and the decrease in the commodity charge combined will result in an average 14.9 percent increase for residential customers, an 8.5 percent increase for customers living in multi-family units and a 4.2 percent increase for business customers.
The last time rates were adjusted was in January 2008. Since then, the company says it has put in a new well, installed meters as well as devices that allow the company to more accurately read meters without having to physically enter the site. Falls Water says it has also replaced a hydrant, moved offices and acquired new office furniture.
The commission’s staff of auditors, engineers and attorneys now begins an up to six-month process of reviewing the company’s application and taking comments from customers. Parties who want to file as intervenors must submit petitions by no later than Sept. 16. After that, a schedule to process the case, which may include workshops and hearings, will be announced. People do not have to file for intervention to provide comment or testimony to the commission. Intervenors file for the purpose of presenting evidence, cross-examining witnesses and participating in settlement discussions.
Comments are accepted via e-mail by accessing the commission’s homepage at www.puc.idaho.gov and clicking on "Comments & Questions." Fill in the case number (FLS-W-09-01) and enter your comments. Comments can also be mailed to P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0074 or faxed to (208) 334-3762. Falls Water's application is also available on the Web site, and documents will be added as the case progresses. Click on the water icon, then on “Open Water Cases,” and scroll down to the above case number.