Case No. UWI-W-06-02, Order No. 29988

March 3, 2006

Contact: Gene Fadness (208) 334-0339




Commission sets intervention deadline in United Water case


Parties interested in intervening in the United Water rate case have until March 21 to do so, according to an Idaho Public Utilities Commission order released today.


United Water is seeking commission approval to increase rates for an average user by about $4.89 per month, or 17.9 percent. The company asked for a March 13 effective date. The order issued today suspends that effective date for up to six months to allow more time for the commission to examine the company’s request.


Parties who want to intervene to present evidence or cross-examine witnesses must file a petition to intervene by March 21. Persons who want to present their view without parties’ rights of participation and cross-examination are not required to intervene and may present their comments at any time. The commission will later announce dates for public workshops and hearings.


United Water serves about 79,000 households in Boise and the surrounding area. The company is asking to increase its annual revenues by $5.9 million to recover expenses for more than $2 million in wellhead treatment, $1.5 million in water storage facilities and $4.8 million in infrastructure including seven miles of water mains, 700 water services and 12,000 meters.


The commission staff, which includes attorneys, auditors and engineers, now begins an extensive process to investigate United Water’s application. The commission has the authority to approve, modify or reject the application.


Documents related to the case are available on the commission’s Web site at Click on the water icon, then “Open Water Cases,” and scroll down to Case No. UWI-W-06-02. Comments are accepted via e-mail by accessing the commission’s homepage and clicking on "Comments & Questions." Fill in the case number (UWI-W-06-02) and enter your comments. Comments can also be mailed to P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0074 or faxed to (208) 334-3762.