United Water Hearings

The first public hearings for United Water’s proposed rate increase took place Wednesday evening at 4:30 and 7:30 at the Felix Festa Middle School. The hearings are being held for the public to speak on the increase of 28.9 percent, or $144 more per year on United Water bills before the Public Service Commission makes a decision. Earlier this month Administrative Law judges David Van Ort and Rafael Epstein recommended that the company lower its request to a fifteen percent increase, or $111 more per year. Many older residents stated at the hearing that they may not be able to continue living in Rockland County if rates keep going up, such as Bob Drennen of Suffern, who stated that the agreement that passes water from New York to New Jersey should be renegotiated to keep more water at the Lake DeForest reservoir in Rockland. County Executive Ed Day recently made similar statements, since the PSC is planning to renew a twenty-year extension on the agreement between the two states. Margaret Turrin of New City brought forward documents stating that Unite Water failed to adjust property taxes and create a plan to follow state rules of maintaining a water leak rate under eighteen percent, though theirs is at twenty-one percent. United Water spokesman Deb Rizzi stated that the quality provided and the rate increase will help create safe and reliable service and she will be releasing a written statement after the hearings, the next two will be held tonight at the Ramapo Town Hall at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

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