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Legal Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE OF CHANGE IN RATES
WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY

Notice is hereby given that WEST VIRGINIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, a public utility, has filed with the PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF WEST VIRGINIA a tariff containing a requested increase in rates, tolls, and charges for furnishing water service to approximately 167,000 customers in Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mercer, Putnam, Raleigh, Roane, Summers, Wayne, and Webster Counties.

The tariff filing will also directly or indirectly affect those customers of the following public service districts, regional development authorities, municipalities or other governmental subdivisions who, under agreements approved by the Public Service Commission, are charged water rates that are in whole or in part based on the rates of the Company:

Boone County Public Service District
Cumberland Public Service District
Flatwoods Canoe-Run Public Service District
Jumping Branch-Nimitz Public Service District
Kanawha County Regional Development Authority
Lashmeet Public Service District
Lewis County Economic Development Authority
New Haven Public Service District
Oakvale Road Public Service District
Putnam County Building Commission
Salt Rock Public Service District
Webster County Economic Development Authority

Some of the customers receiving service from these entities under Operation and Maintenance Agreements with the Company also pay a surcharge in addition to the metered water rates. These surcharge amounts were approved by the Public Service Commission in prior cases, and those surcharges will not increase or otherwise be affected by this filing.

The proposed increased rates and charges will become effective February 25, 2022, unless otherwise ordered by the Public Service Commission, and will produce, on a total Company basis, $40,486,124 annually in additional revenues, or an overall increase in revenues of approximately 26.1%, with such revenues being collected from the customers as more fully described herein. The Company expects that the Commission will order the suspension of the new rates and charges for the full 300-day suspension period under W. Va. Code ยง24-2-4a, or until February 25, 2022.

The following schedule shows the change from rates currently in effect based on representative levels of consumption and the monthly dollar and percentage changes if the full rate increase is granted.

WEST VIRGINIA (except Cumberland) PROPOSED PRESENT PERCENTAGE
RESIDENTIAL RATES RATES DIFFERENCE DIFFERENCE

Minimum Bill (1,500 Gallons) $40.12 $31.44 $8.68 27.61%
Avg Residential Usage (3,1000 Gallons) $68.56 $53.75 $14.81 27.55%
4,500 Gallons $93.44 $73.28 $20.16 27.51%
7,500 Gallons $146.75 $115.11 $31.64 27.49%
10,000 Gallons $191.18 $149.97 $41.21 27.48%

The average bills for larger customers will vary as a result of the tariff change based on both consumption and meter size. At representative levels of consumption (and assuming a standard meter size for that level of consumption), the monthly dollar and percentage changes for those customers are:

PROPOSED PRESENT PERCENTAGE
RATES RATES DIFFERENCE DIFFERENCE

COMMERCIAL
20,000 Gallons $427.03 $334.98 $92.05 27.48%
50,000 Gallons $838.67 $657.79 $180.88 27.50%
100,000 Gallons $1,423.48 $1,116.19 $307.29 27.53%
250,000 Gallons $3,177.88 $2,491.39 $686.49 27.55%

INDUSTRIAL
2,000,000 Gallons $21,027.05 $16,479.05 $4,548.00 27.60%
10,000,000 Gallons $86,228.45 $67,561.05 $18,667.40 27.63%
25,000,000 Gallons $169,434.20 $132,706.05 $36,728.15 27.68%
40,000,000 Gallons $252,639.95 $197,851.05 $54,788.90 27.69%

SALE FOR RESALE
1,000,000 Gallons $12,463.34 $9,769.34 $2,694.00 27.58%
7,500,000 Gallons $70,410.64 $55,171.84 $15,238.80 27.62%
15,000,000 Gallons $121,511.10 $95,187.34 $26,323.76 27.65%
25,000,000 Gallons $184,391.10 $144,417.34 $39,973.76 27.68%

OTHER PUBLIC AUTHORITY
20,000 Gallons $427.03 $334.98 $92.05 27.48%
50,000 Gallons $838.67 $657.79 $180.88 27.50%
100,000 Gallons $1,423.48 $1,116.19 $307.29 27.53%
250,000 Gallons $3,177.88 $2,491.39 $686.49 27.55%

Rates for private fire protection will increase 27.55%.

CUMBERLAND (all Customers)

RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND OTHER PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

PROPOSED PRESENT PERCENTAGE
RATES RATES DIFFERENCE DIFFERENCE

Minimum Bill (1,500 Gallons) $24.47 $20.47 $4.00 19.54%
Avg Residential Usage (3,100 Gallons) $41.82 $29.45 $12.37 42.00%
4,500 Gallons $56.99 $37.30 $19.69 52.79%
7,500 Gallons $89.52 $54.14 $35.38 65.35%
10,000 Gallons $116.62 $68.16 $48.46 71.10%
20,000 Gallons $260.49 $156.31 $104.18 66.65%
50,000 Gallons $511.60 $301.88 $209.72 69.47%

GLASGOW (all Customers)

Comparison based on Commission-approved step increase to 83% of Company rates as of 12/31/2021*

RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND OTHER PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

PROPOSED PRESENT PERCENTAGE
RATES RATES DIFFERENCE DIFFERENCE

Minimum Bill (1,500 Gallons) $33.30 $26.10 $7.20 27.61%
Avg Residential Usage (3,100 Gallons) $56.90 $44.61 $12.29 27.54%
4,500 Gallons $77.55 $60.82 $16.73 27.50%
7,500 Gallons $121.81 $95.54 $26.27 27.49%
10,000 Gallons $158.68 $124.48 $34.20 27.48%
20,000 Gallons $354.44 $278.03 $76.41 27.48%
50,000 Gallons $696.11 $545.97 $150.14 27.50%

EAST BANK (all Customers)

Comparison based on Commission-approved step increase to 91% of Company rates as of 02/03/2022*

RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND OTHER PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

PROPOSED PRESENT PERCENTAGE
RATES RATES DIFFERENCE DIFFERENCE

Minimum Bill (1,500 Gallons) $36.51 $28.61 $7.90 27.61%
Avg Residential Usage (3,100 Gallons) $62.39 $48.91 $13.48 27.56%
4,500 Gallons $85.03 $66.68 $18.35 27.52%
7,500 Gallons $133.55 $104.75 $28.80 27.49%
10,000 Gallons $173.98 $136.47 $37.51 27.49%
20,000 Gallons $388.61 $304.83 $83.78 27.48%
50,000 Gallons $763.20 $598.59 $164.61 27.50%

*The dollar and percentage differences between new rates and current rates would be greater.

This increase will incorporate the rate impact of the cumulative investment under the Company’s Distribution System Improvement Charge (DSIC) program that was (or is projected to be) placed into service between February 25, 2019 and the date on which new base rates from this case go into effect. As a result, the Company proposes to reduce the DSIC component of its rates relating to that investment when the new base rates go into effect.

The Company’s sale for resale customers include Bluefield Valley Water Works Company, Putnam PSD, Lavalette PSD, Flatwoods Canoe Run PSD, and Aqua Ohio Water, Jane Lew PSD, Lincoln PSD, City of Milton, and the City of Hurricane.

The rate increases shown above are based on averages for customers in the indicated class at varying usages. Individual customers may receive increases that are greater or less than average. Furthermore, the requested rates and charges are only a proposal and are subject to change (increase or decrease) by the Public Service Commission in its review of this filing. Any increase in rates and charges will not become effective until authorized and approved by the Public Service Commission. If a hearing is conducted, notice will be given of the time and place of hearing.

A complete copy of the Company’s tariff proposals and a representative of the Company to provide information concerning this tariff are available to all customers, prospective customers or their agents at the following offices:

West Virginia-American Water
Central Division
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Charleston, WV 25302

West Virginia-American Water
Western Division
4002 Ohio River Road
Huntington, WV 25702

West Virginia-American Water
Southern Division
12 Mile Road @ Route 460
Princeton, West Virginia 24740

West Virginia-American Water
Northern Division
1243 U.S. Highway 19 South
Weston, West Virginia 26452

Copies of the tariffs have also been delivered to representatives of the aforementioned public service districts and entities for public inspection at their respective offices.

Anyone desiring to intervene and act as a party in either of these cases should file on or before July 29, 2021 a Petition to Intervene complying with the Commission rules on intervention in the Rules of Practice and Procedure, 150 C.S.R. 1, unless otherwise modified by Commission order. Anyone desiring to protest should file a written protest as soon as possible, although protests will be accepted by the Commission through the pendency of this proceeding. All written protests should briefly state the reason for the protest. All protests and Petitions to Intervene should clearly state the case name and number and be addressed to Connie Graley, Executive Secretary, Public Service Commission of West Virginia, P.O. Box 812, Charleston, West Virginia 25323.

A copy of this tariff is also available for public inspection at the Offices of the Secretary of the Public Service Commission at 201 Brooks Street, Charleston, West Virginia 25301.