CASA GRANDE — Arizona Water Company will present its plans for $30 million in upgrades to its water system at Monday night’s Casa Grande City Council meeting.
The plan includes 40 different projects that will replace aging waterlines, service connections, meters and fire hydrants. The projects will cover an area from Cottonwood Lane to the water tank south of Interstate 8 and from Henness Road to North Schultz Street.
Approximately 43% of the water lines in the area were installed between 1920 and 1969, according to information provided to the council by Arizona Water Company.
The study session begins at 6 p.m. with limited seating available but is viewable online.
The company filed for a rate increase with the Arizona Corporation Commission in December for its Casa Grande, Coolidge, Stanfield, White Tank and Ajo service areas.
The largest rate increase would be for customers living in the Casa Grande, Coolidge and Stanfield areas, with rates going up an estimated 26%, or nearly $10 for customers who use about 7,100 gallons a month, according to the notice. The White Tank area would see an estimated increase of 3% or about $1.91 for customers who use an average of 9,200 gallons a month. Ajo customers would see an increase of 4% or about $1.78 for customers who use an average of 3,500 gallons per month.
The average Arizona resident uses up to 145 gallons of water per day, according to the Arizona Department of Water Resources. The current rates were set in 2016 based on data from a 2014 rate study.
The ACC has been accepting written public comments on the rate increase since December. It will hold a telephonic event at 10 a.m. on Sept. 8 to allow members of the public to call in and leave a comment.
A copy of Arizona Water Company’s application can be found on the ACC’s website, www.azcc.gov, using the e-docket number of W-01445A-19-0278.
Customers can submit written comments to the ACC through its website by clicking on the “Cases and Open Meetings” tab and then on the “Make a Public Comment in a Docket” link. Customers can also send written comments by mail to the ACC’s Consumer Services Section at the commission’s offices, 1200 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007. The letter should include the docket number.
An evidentiary hearing on the matter will be held before the ACC on Oct. 15. No public comment will be taken at that hearing. The commission will determine if the rate increase will be granted based on evidence that Arizona Water Company presents at the hearing. The commission may deny Arizona Water Company’s request or set the rates higher or lower than those proposed by the company.