Idaho Public Utilities Commission

Case No. MUR-W-10-01, Notice of Public Workshop

April 2, 2010

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

Website: www.puc.idaho.gov

 

PUC staff to conduct workshop for Murray Water customers

 

Staff from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission will conduct a public water workshop for the customers of Murray Water Works on Tuesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Old County Courthouse Building in Murray.

 

Murray Water Works, which serves about 30 customers in this Shoshone County community, is seeking to increase the monthly fee for residential customers to $40 per month and commercial customers to $60 per month. The current fee for both groups is $26 per month. The company is also asking for an increase in hook-up fees from $800 to $2,000 plus parts and labor and a new monthly charge of $5 for inactive, seasonal customers.

 

The purpose of the workshop is to explain the company’s application, the commission’s review process and to take questions from customers. Representatives of the company may also be present.

 

It is the company’s first rate increase since 2003. The commission is inviting public comment on the application through April 26.

 

Murray Water asserts that certain capital improvements including new meters are needed to isolate leaks and control summer use. The company also says it has invested $15,000 and 360 hours of labor installing a new water main in Murray.

 

The commission has suspended the company’s application for up to six months for review. The application will be reviewed by the commission’s staff of auditors, engineers and attorneys.

 

The commission plans to handle this request in a modified procedure that uses written comments rather than conducting a hearing, unless customer comments can demonstrate a need for a public hearing.

 

Comments are accepted through April 26 via e-mail by accessing the commission’s homepage at www.puc.idaho.gov and clicking on "Comments & Questions." Fill in the case number (MUR-W-10-01) and enter your comments. Comments can also be mailed to P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0074 or faxed to (208) 334-3762.

 

Documents related to this case are available on the commission’s Web site. Click on “File Room” and then on “Water Cases” and scroll down to the above case number.