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12/05/2008 Contact: 850-413-6482

Hearing Set for Aqua Utilities Rate Request


TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a hearing beginning Monday, December 8, 2008 to consider Aqua Utilities Florida, Inc.’s (Aqua) application for increased water and wastewater rates.

In May, Aqua filed an application for an increase in its water and wastewater rates with the PSC.  In its application, Aqua requested a total increase of $4.5 million for its water systems and $3.8 million for its wastewater systems.  The utility also requested interim rates and state-wide uniform rates for its systems.  Aqua is a water and wastewater utility providing service to 82 systems in Alachua, Brevard, DeSoto, Highlands, Lake, Lee, Marion, Orange, Palm Beach, Pasco, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia, and Washington counties.

At the hearing, parties will present testimony and other evidence on issues relating to Aqua’s rates and service.  The hearing dates, time, and location are below:

Monday, Dec. 8 through Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday

Betty Easley Conference Center
Joseph P. Cresse Hearing Room (Room 148)
4075 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.



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