Water Rates to Increase

In case you missed it, water rates are going up next month for 171,000 West Virginia American Water customers. The state Public Service Commission approved an agreement late last week to raise rates by 6.7 percent starting Oct. 11. Customers with the Fayetteville water system will see a 14 percent rate increase to help pay for repairs to a sewage treatment plant the company acquired in 2008. The company is spreading the costs of that project among customers throughout the state in order to avoid a much bigger an increase for Fayetteville customers. The agreement also keeps the company from filing for another rate increase until January 2015.