published Monday, April 4th, 2011

Biggest water hike in Chattanooga history approved

State regulators on Monday approved the biggest water rate increase in Chattanooga history.

They voted 2-1 for a 14.76 percent across-the-board water price hike for local utility Tennessee American Water Co., with Eddie Roberson voting no.

Mary Freeman, chairwoman of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, sliced in half the utility’s original proposal for a roughly 30.5 percent increase, but left in place much of the company’s request to allow for a “reasonable rate of return.”

Left undone was a ruling on a settlement agreement between Chattanooga’s industrial water users and the utility, which was postponed until April 18.

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about Ellis Smith...

Ellis Smith joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2010 as a business reporter. His beat includes the flooring industry, Chattem, Unum, Krystal, the automobile market, real estate and technology. Ellis is from Marietta, Ga., and has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication at the University of West Georgia. He previously worked at UTV-13 News, Carrollton, Ga., as a producer; at the The West Georgian, Carrollton, Ga., as editor; and at the Times-Georgian, Carrollton, ...

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wundrwoman30 said...

I want to say I live in Rossville and I am already paying twice as much for the Rossville fees as I am my water.. If water goes up then there will not be any money left for food and such.. and if you want numbers my water bill was 21 dollars my admin fees and Rossville sewer fees was 36

April 4, 2011 at 4:48 p.m.
Musicman375 said...

I'm glad three whole people can vote to put this much hurt on us. Thanks!

April 4, 2011 at 6:06 p.m.
NoMyth said...

Chattanooga's water quality is terrible compared to most major cities. In fact, it is downright embarrassing. If they need to increase rates in order to supply clean water, then so be it.

April 4, 2011 at 7:59 p.m.
Muadib395 said...

The rate is motivated by one thing. Greed. The Water company is there to make money for its shareholders. It's too bad that then mayor Kinsey was not able to push through the buyout. TAWC is a moneymaker. I will be looking at installing a rainwater collection system to water yard and flush toilets. This rate increase on top of all these new fees is obscene.

April 4, 2011 at 8:03 p.m.
Salsa said...

They are not increasing rates in order to supply clean water. They are increasing rates for more profit.

April 4, 2011 at 8:03 p.m.
mb_seashell2 said...

Strange that some say that their water service costs as much as food. I can't buy much at the grocery for 21 dollars a month. I would rather pay a private water company for an essential service like water than pay local government which wastes the tax dollars they siphon off now. Tenn-Am has done a great job with water quality and continues to work to upgrade and replace the water system-check the recent water plant construction-that had to cost-and created work/jobs in the local economy.

April 5, 2011 at 7:16 a.m.
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