Idaho Public Utilities Commission

Case No. TTS-W-08-01, Notice of Public Workshop

July 18, 2008

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

Website: www.puc.idaho.gov

 

PUC to conduct workshop for Teton Springs Water customers

 

Staff from the Idaho Public Utilities Commission will conduct a workshop for the nearly 300 customers of a water company within a resort development near the Teton County community of Victor on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m.

 

The workshop will be in the Snake River Room of the Teton Springs Lodge and Spa, 19 Village Place, in Victor.

 

The Teton Springs Water and Sewer Company is seeking commission approval to raise multi-family residential rates from $80 per quarter to $150 and commercial rates from $240 per quarter to $450. Single-family residential rates would actually decrease under the company’s proposal from $240 per quarter to $150, but the company wants to assess an “availability charge” of $75 per quarter to single-family residential lots and $225 per quarter to commercial lots. The availability charge would be assessed against inactive residential and commercial customers whose properties front an existing water main but who have not yet connected to the system.

 

Staff from the commission will present information about the company’s application and be available to answer questions from customers. Representatives from the company may also be present to answer questions.

 

When built out, the resort development could serve up to 581 single-family residential lots, 14 commercial lots and 143 residential multi-family units.

 

In June, the commission issued the company a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, which means it is now a regulated utility under the commission’s jurisdiction. The commission will establish rates that allow the utility to recover its capital investment and its prudently incurred costs of doing business in addition to a rate of return, which is also established by the commission. In exchange for that guarantee, the utility promises to serve all the customers within its assigned territory with reliable service at just and reasonable rates.

 

Documents related to this case are available on the commission’s Web site at www.puc.idaho.gov. Click on the water icon, then on “Open Water Cases,” and scroll down to Case No. TTS-W-08-01.