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02/20/2009 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida Public Service Commission to Consider Aqua Utilities Rate Request


TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) will convene a Special Agenda Conference on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, to consider revenue requirements in Aqua Utilities Florida, Inc.’s (Aqua) application for increased water and wastewater rates.

In May 2008, 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.

The Special Agenda Conference is scheduled for the following time and location:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
9:30 a.m.

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

The meeting is available online at www.floridapsc.com by selecting Commission Calendar on the top right of the Web page.

Aqua’s final rates will be addressed at a regularly scheduled Agenda Conference on Tuesday, March 17, 2009.

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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