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PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF WEST VIRGINIA CHARLESTON CASE NO.: 21-0521-PSD-CN KANAWHA PUBLIC SERVICE DISTRICT, a public utility. Application of KANAWHA PUBLIC SERVICE DISTRICT, a public utility, for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity to serve approximately 281 customers in Phase I, all of whom are located within the District’s listing boundaries. REVISED NOTICE OF FILING On July 2, 2021, the Kanawha Public Service District, a public utility, filed an Application for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity to serve approximately 281 customers in Phase I, all of whom are located within the District’s listing boundaries. Phase I of the proposed project will consist of the installation of a wastewater pump station approximately 0.25 miles southwest of the intersection of Interstate 64 and WV Route 94. The installation of approximately 27,500 LF of 8″ force main will run along Lens Creek and WV Route 61 to the PSD’s wastewater treatment plant in Chelyan. Along with the pump station and force main, approximately 3,600 LF of 10″ gravity sewer, 27,320 LF of 8″ gravity sewers, 11,000 LF of 6″ gravity sewers will be installed along Lens Creek and WV Route 94. Customers who will be served by gravity sewers will consist of approximately 8,260 LF of 4″ service laterals. Due to the projected increased flow at the Kanawha PSD’s wastewater treatment plant an upgrade to the headworks and UV unit are also part of this project. The application is on file with and available for public inspection at the Public Service Commission, 201 Brooks Street, in Charleston, West Virginia. The estimated cost of the project is $ 10,200,000.00; and, The District proposes to finance the project as follows: USDA Loan $250,000 1 1/8 %, for a term of 40 years, WVIJDC Loan $4,900,000 1%, for a term of 40 years USACOE Grant $2,075,000 WVIJDC Grant $1,000,000 USDA Grant $1,975,000 Total $10,200,000 The District anticipates charging the following rates for its customers. SCHEDULE I APPLICABILITY Applicable to the former Cheylan Public Service District customers. AVAILABILITY OF SERVICE Available for general domestic, commercial, industrial and resale sewer service. (I) RATES (Customers with metered water supply) First 2,000 gallons used per month $ 18.15 per 1,000 gallons Next 3,000 gallons used per month $ 15.94 per 1,000 gallons Next 5,000 gallons used per month $ 14.30 per 1,000 gallons Next 90,000 gallons used per month $ 11.20 per 1,000 gallons All Over 100,000 gallons used per month $ 9.64 per 1,000 gallons (I) MINIMUM CHARGE No bill will be rendered for less than $36.30 per month. (I) FLAT RATE CHARGE (Customers with non-metered water supply) $60.21 per month (I) Indicates Increase DELAYED PAYMENT PENALTY The above scheduled is net. On all accounts not paid in full when due, ten percent (10%) will be added to the net current amount unpaid. This delayed payment penalty is not interest and is to be collected only once for each bill where it is appropriate. DISCONNECT/RECONNECT/ADMINISTRATIVE FEES Whenever water service has been disconnected for nonpayment of sewer bills in conjunction with a water service termination agreement with the West Virginia-American Water Company or the Town of Pratt, a disconnection fee of $20.00 shall be charged; or in the event the delinquent sewer bill is collected by the water company or the Town, an administrative fee of $20.00 shall be charged. Whenever water service, which has been previously disconnected or otherwise withheld for non-payment of a sewer bill in conjunction with a water service termination agreement with the West Virginia-American Water Company or the Town of Pratt is reconnected, a reconnection fee of $20.00 shall be charged. SLUDGE TREATMENT $0.08 per gallon TAP FEE The following charge is to be made whenever the utility installs a new tap to serve an applicant: A tap fee of $350.00 will be charged to all customers who apply for service outside of a certificate proceeding before the Commission for each new tap to the system. RETURNED CHECK CHARGE A service charge equal to the actual bank fee assessed to the sewer utility up to a maximum of $25.00 will be imposed upon any customer whose check for payment of charges is returned by their bank due to insufficient funds. LEAK ADJUSTMENT $1.26 per 1,000 gallons of water is to be used when a bill reflects unusual consumption which can be attributed to eligible leakage on customer’s side of the meter. This rate shall be applied to all such unusual consumption above the customer’s historical average usage. SCHEDULE II APPLICABILITY Applicable to the former Upper Kanawha Valley Public Service District customers. AVAILABILITY OF SERVICE Available for general domestic, commercial, industrial and resale sewer service. (I) RATES (Customers with metered water supply) First 2,000 gallons used per month $ 18.15 per 1,000 gallons Next 3,000 gallons used per month $ 15.94 per 1,000 gallons Next 5,000 gallons used per month $ 14.30 per 1,000 gallons All Over 10,000 gallons used per month $ 12.99 per 1,000 gallons (I) MINIMUM CHARGE No bill will be rendered for less than $36.30 per month. (I) FLAT RATE CHARGE (Customers with non-metered water supply) $60.21 per month DELAYED PAYMENT PENALTY The above scheduled is net. On all accounts not paid in full when due, ten percent (10%) will be added to the net current amount unpaid. This delayed payment penalty is not interest and is to be collected only once for each bill where it is appropriate. DISCONNECT/RECONNECT/ADMINISTRATIVE FEES Whenever water service has been disconnected for nonpayment of sewer bills in conjunction with a water service termination agreement with the West Virginia-American Water Company or the Town of Pratt, a disconnection fee of $20.00 shall be charged; or in the event the delinquent sewer bill is collected by the water company or the Town, an administrative fee of $20.00 shall be charged. Whenever water service, which has been previously disconnected or otherwise withheld for non-payment of a sewer bill in conjunction with a water service termination agreement with the West Virginia American Water Company or the Town of Pratt is reconnected, a reconnection fee of $20.00 shall be charged. TAP FEE The following charge is to be made whenever the utility installs a new tap to serve an applicant: A tap fee of $250.00 will be charged to all customers who apply for service outside of a certificate proceeding before the Commission for each new tap to the system. RETURNED CHECK CHARGE A service charge equal to the actual bank fee assessed to the sewer utility up to a maximum of $25.00 will be imposed upon any customer whose check for payment of charges is returned by their bank due to insufficient funds. LEAK ADJUSTMENT $1.26 per 1,000 gallons of water is to be used when a bill reflects unusual consumption which can be attributed to eligible leakage on customer’s side of the meter. This rate shall be applied to all such unusual consumption above the customer’s historical average usage. SCHEDULE III APPLICABILITY Applicable to the West Virginia Parkways, Economic Development and Tourism Authority. AVAILABILITY OF SERVICE Available for general domestic, commercial, industrial and resale sewer service. (I) RATES (Customers with metered water supply) Base rate $3,292.93 per month Plus $11.29 per 1,000 gallons of water used (I) Indicates increase SCHEDULE IV SURCHARGE FORMULA TO BE APPLIED IN THE CASES OF USERS PRODUCING UNUSUAL WASTE The Charge for the treatment of unusual waste will be calculated on the basis of the following formula: Ci= VoVi+BoBi+SoSi Ci = charge to unusual users Vo = average unit cost of transport and treatment chargeable to volume, in dollars per 1,000 gallons Vi = volume of waste water from unusual users, in 1,000 gallons per year Bo = average unit cost of treatment, chargeable to Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), in dollars per pound Bi = weight of (BOD)from unusual users, in pounds So = average unit costs of treatment (including sludge treatment) chargeable to total solids, in dollars per pound Si = weight of total solids from unusual users, in pounds When an unusual user is to be served, a preliminary study of its wastes, and the cost of transport and treatment thereof, will be made. Waste containing materials which, in the judgement of the District, should not be introduced into the sewer system need not be handled by it. The results of this preliminary study will be used to determine the feasibility of the proposed sewer service and the charge therefore, based upon the formula set out above. Thereafter, unusual sewage will be monitored on a regular basis and at the conclusion of each fiscal year, based on the investigation aforesaid and audit of the District records, new cost figures will be calculated for use in the above formula. The costs of establishing the monitoring facilities shall be paid by the unusual user, or refund given by the District, as the case may be. Such audited figures will then be used for the preliminary billing for the next fiscal year, at the end of which an adjustment will be made as aforesaid. SCHEDULE V APPLICABILITY Applicable inside and outside of the corporate limits of the Kanawha Public Service District customers AVAILABILITY OF SERVICE Available for general domestic, commercial, industrial and resale sewer service. Where the amount of sanitary sewage discharged into the Kanawha waste treatment system by certain industrial plant or plants carrot be accurately determined by the use of the plant’s water meter or meters, and said plant cannot install a flow meter to measure such waste, a special formula will be used whereby such plant or plants will pay to the Kanawha Public Service District a sewer charge calculated at fifty (50) gallons of water per each employee at the plant each working day. SCHEDULE VI SURFACE OR GROUND WATER SURCHARGE An additional amount shall be charged where surface or ground water is introduced into the sanitary system where evidence of a violation exists. Surcharge formula to be applied in cases where surface drainage is connected to the utility’s sewer system. APPLICABILITY Whenever the utility has discovered that a customer’s roof drain, downspout, storm sewer or similar facilities conducting surface water have been connected to the District’s sewer system and such customer has failed to take appropriate action, within thirty (30) days of receipt of a demand by the District in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the Public Service Commission, to eliminate such connection, a surcharge will be imposed upon the customer calculated on the basis of the following formula: S =A x R x .0006233 x C S = the surcharge in dollars A = the area under roof and/or the area of any other water collection surface connected to the sanitary sewer, in square feet R = the measured monthly rainfall, in inches .0006233 = a conversion factor to change inches of rain x square feet of surface to thousands of gallons of water C = the District’s approved rate per thousand gallons of metered water usage. The utility shall no impose the surcharge unless and until the customer has been notified by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested, or be hand delivery, that it has been established by smoke testing, dye testing or on-site inspection that rain or surface water is being introduced into the sanitary sewer system at the customer’s location, and that the customer has not acted within thirty (30) days from receipt of such notice to divert the water from the sanitary sewer system. Said surcharge shall be calculated and imposed for each month that said condition continues to exist. Failure to pay the surcharge and/or correct the situation shall give rise to the possible termination of water service in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the Public Service Commission of West Virginia. SCHEDULE VII (I) BULK TREATMENT RATES (Based on flow meter usage) All wastewater from the Town of East Bank and the Town of Cedar Grove will be treated at the approved rate of $3.92 per 1,000 gallons. (N) EFT, CREDIT CARD, AND DROP BOX PAYMENTS A service charge will be imposed on EFT, Credit Card or Drop Box payments. This amount shall be equal to the actual charges to the utility from the financial institution for processing payment. No additional charge or fee shall be collected by the District for accepting these forms of payment. (I) Indicates increase (N) New The average monthly bill for the various classes of customers will be increased as follows upon substantial completion of the project unless otherwise ordered: SCHEDULE I Residential (3,400 gallons) ($) INCREASE $ 2.79 (%) INCREASE 5% Commercial (8,800 gallons) ($) INCREASE $ 6.58 (%) INCREASE 5% Public Authority (20,000 gallons) ($) INCREASE $ 12.70 (%) INCREASE 5% SCHEDULE II Residential (3,400 gallons) ($) INCREASE $ 2.79 (%) INCREASE 5% Commercial (8,800 gallons) ($) INCREASE $ 6.58 (%) INCREASE 5% Public Authority (20,000 gallons) ($) INCREASE $ 13.60 (%) INCREASE 5% SCHEDULE III Rate per 1,000 gallons ($) INCREASE $ 0.54 (%) INCREASE 5% Base Rate per Month ($) INCREASE $ 156.81 (%) INCREASE 5% SCHEDULE VII Rate per 1,000 gallons ($) INCREASE $ 0.19 (%) INCREASE 5% The District has two (2) resale customers, The Town of East Bank and the Town of Cedar Grove. The proposed increased rates and charges related to the project will produce approximately $311,188.00 annually in additional revenue, an increase of 12.7%. The total increase granted will not exceed this estimate unless further notice is provided. The proposed increased rates and charges not related to the project will produce approximately $0.00 annually in additional revenue, an increase of 0%. The total increase granted will not exceed this estimate unless further notice is provided. The increases shown are based on averages of all customers in the indicated class. Individual customers may receive increases that are greater or less than average. Furthermore, the requested rates and charges among the various classes of customers are only a proposal and are subject to change (increases or decreases) by the Public Service Commission in its review of this filing. Anyone desiring to protest or intervene should file a written protest or request to intervene within thirty (30) days following the date of this publication unless otherwise modified by Commission order. Failure to timely protest or request to intervene can affect your right to protest aspects of this certificate case, including any associated rate increases, or to participate in future proceedings. All protests or requests to intervene should briefly state the reason for the protest or request to intervene. Requests to intervene must comply with the rules on intervention set forth in the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. All protests and requests to intervene should be addressed to Ingrid Executive Secretary, P. O. Box 812, Charleston, West Virginia 25323. In the absence of substantial protest received within thirty (30) days of this publication, the Commission may waive formal hearing and grant the application based on the Commission’s review of the evidence submitted with the application. LC-114020 07-24,31;2021