Case No. SWS-W-06-01

February 12, 2007

Contact: Gene Fadness (208) 334-0339




Stoneridge Water workshop scheduled Feb. 21 in Blanchard


Staff from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission will conduct a public workshop in Blanchard on Wednesday night, Feb. 21, regarding Stoneridge Water Company’s application for an increase in monthly user fees, hook-up fees and disconnection/reconnection fees.


The company serves about 374 households but will ultimately have 1,207 households when including the planned developments in its service territory.


The company is seeking to close out a series of loans from the State Drinking Water Revolving Fund totaling about $438,500.


Stoneridge proposes to increase the residential customer charge from $14 per month to $38 and the commodity charge from 30 cents for every thousand gallons to 67 cents per 1,000 gallons. For commercial customers, the customer charge would increase from $20 per month to $38 per month and the commodity charge increase is also from 30 cents/thousand gallons to 67 cents. The company also proposes to increase its hook-up fee for new service from $925 to $1,200 and it reconnection fee to $278 during office hours and $328 after office hours.


The workshop will provide an opportunity for customers to ask questions of commission staff. The commission staff, as well as the company, will then submit comments to the three-member commission that decides the case.


The workshop begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Stoneridge Event Center, 104 Chatwold in Blanchard.


As a reminder, representatives of the commission will be in your area for workshops and hearings related to other water companies:


Tuesday Feb. 20 – Commission staff will be at Kootenai City Hall to meet with representatives and customers of Kootenai Heights Water to discuss whether that company is a utility that should be regulated by the commission. The workshop begins at 7 p.m. in the Kootenai City Hall, 204 Spokane St. A pre-hearing conference workshop will be held earlier that same day in the law offices of Finney, Finney & Finney, 120 East Lake Street, Old Power House Building, Suite 317 in Sandpoint. That conference begins at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 20.


Wednesday, Feb. 28 – Commission staff will conduct a public workshop in the Spirit Lake East Water Company’s application to double rates. Following the workshop will be a public hearing during which customers can testify to members of the commission. The workshop begins at 6 p.m. at Spirit Lake Elementary School, 32605 N. Fifth Ave (State Highway 41) in Spirit Lake. The hearing follows at 7 p.m.