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CWFNC conference call for discussion of ongoing Aqua NC issues

An update on matters pertaining to Aqua NC:

In a recent newsletter, Clear Water for NC announced an upcoming conference call for discussion of Aqua NC-related issues. Join other Aqua NC customers from around the state to talk about what the current top concerns are and ways to work together toward common goals.

CWFNC conference call for discussion of ongoing Aqua NC issues
Monday, March 2, 2015, 7pm
If interested in participating, please contact Katie Hicks for details

For more information about this and all Aqua NC-related matters, please reach out to Clear Water for North Carolina: http://www.cwfnc.org. You may also contact Katie Hicks (CWFNC) at 1-800-929-4480 / 828-251-1291, or katie@cwfnc.org.

Aqua NC update: NC Attorney General Appeals Rate Hikes without Public Hearings

In a recent newsletter, Clear Water for NC recently acknowledged some recent developments regarding Aqua NC’s efforts to increase rates for the Governors Village community:

Yesterday, the NC Attorney General’s office appealed the NC Utilities Commission’s decision to the NC Supreme Court, challenging the decision to allow Aqua NC to raise rates more frequently and with less public input…if you would like to write to Attorney General Roy Cooper to thank him for taking this step toward quality water at a fair price, you can write to him at Attorney General’s Office, 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001 or use this form to e-mail him.

Related: NC Attorney General blasts water utilities that raise rates without public hearings (News & Observer, 7/3/2014)

Keep track of ongoing Aqua NC-related issues with Clear Water for NC. You may also contact Katie Hicks (CWFNC) at 1-800-929-4480 / 828-251-1291, or katie@cwfnc.org.

Aqua NC update: Attorney General Cooper could challenge rate increase

In a recent newsletter, Clear Water for NC recently acknowledged some recent developments regarding Aqua NC’s efforts to increase rates for the Governors Village community:

A March 7 article, “NC Attorney General signals legal challenge if Aqua rate hike approved,” (News & Observer Biz blog, Mar. 7) says the Attorney General’s brief in Aqua’s rate case signals a possible appeal of Aqua NC ‘s rate hike, if it’s approved. The article summarizes several times the Attorney General has appealed electric utility rate hikes on the same grounds: that the Utilities Commission did not weigh economic harms for customers. Several of those challenges have gone to the NC Supreme Court.

Keep track of ongoing Aqua NC-related issues with Clear Water for NC. You may also contact Katie Hicks (CWFNC) at 1-800-929-4480 / 828-251-1291, or katie@cwfnc.org.

Attorney General intervenes in Aqua NC rate case

There’s been a significant development affecting the ongoing effort of Aqua NC, Governors Village’s sewer company, to raise rates by 19%. As reported by Clear Water for North Carolina recently:

This Tuesday, January 7, Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office filed to legally “intervene” in the NC Utilities Commission case dealing with Aqua North Carolina’s proposed 19.5% rate increase. Thanks to all of your efforts to make sure to copy the AG’s office on letters and e-mails, they decided to take action! The reason for intervening, according to the filing, is that the matter “is of significant interest to the members of the using and consuming public.” As an intervenor, the AG’s office will be able to request documents and file testimony. Part of the AG’s mission is to protect consumers, and they have typically taken an even stronger stance on behalf of customers than the Public Staff. Our congratulations to the many Aqua NC customers who wrote letters to the Attorney General!

Clear Water for NC also provided additional information about the last upcoming opportunity for customers to testify in this case to the NC Utilities Commission at an upcoming Evidentiary Hearing in Raleigh:

Monday, January 27, 2014 1:30 p.m.
Commission Hearing Room 2115, Dobbs Building
430 North Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

For more information about this and all Aqua NC-related matters, please reach out to Clear Water for North Carolina: http://www.cwfnc.org. You may also contact Katie Hicks (CWFNC) at 1-800-929-4480 / 828-251-1291, or katie@cwfnc.org.

Aqua NC Rates: Public Hearing Scheduled

Governors Village residents: please see the following update (as of 9/24/13) regarding the proposed Aqua NC rate increase. This message was recently passed along by Talis Management. Please refer to the Clean Water for North Carolina website for further information.

Also see: Notice from Talis Management: Aqua NC Alert
and Update: Aqua NC rate increase request

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Today, the NC Utilities Commission announced the dates, times and locations of six customer hearings to take input on Aqua NC’s proposed rate hikes. See below for the date and time of the nearest hearing (Raleigh). Aqua NC is required to send you notification of these hearings, along with the proposed changes to your rates, within 15 days of today, so watch your mailbox! (Here’s the link to the Utilities Commission order).

Raleigh: Thurs., Nov. 21, 7pm
Commission Hearing Room 2115, Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St.

This weekend: Join us to plan and organize

In preparation for the upcoming opportunities to speak out against Aqua North Carolina’s rate hikes, Clean Water for North Carolina has partnered with local communities to host planning meetings. These will help you and your neighbors prepare and organize to make the biggest impact during the rate hearings. Hope you can join us! It’s important that you RSVP to katie@cwfnc.org or 828-251-1291 with your name and subdivision, so that we make sure to have enough materials.

Sunday, Sept. 29, Raleigh
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Wildwood Green

At this meeting, we will:

  • Provide fact sheets, petitions, and other materials you can bring back to neighbors
  • Provide a list of steps you can take in your neighborhood to push back against Aqua NC’s rate hike
  • Give a presentation about how private utilities are regulated in NC, why the current policies are failing to prevent poor service and high rates, and what your community can do (in this rate case and BEYOND)
  • Explain what you can expect at the public hearings
  • Give you time and materials to write and practice your personal statement to the NC Utilities Commission

If you can’t attend a meeting or send a representative from your neighborhood, don’t worry! We can send many of the materials out to you electronically to share with your neighbors.

Yours for safe, affordable water,

Katie Hicks, Clean Water for NC
katie@cwfnc.org, 828.251.1291

Update: Aqua NC rate increase request

Governors Village residents: please see the following update regarding the proposed Aqua NC rate increase. This message was recently passed along by Talis Management. Please refer to the Clean Water for North Carolina website for further information.
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Update on Aqua NC rate case

Letters and e-mails continue to pour in to the NC Utilities Commission regarding Aqua NC’s proposed rate increases. The Utilities Commission has not yet determined the dates for public hearings across the state, but we understand those hearings will take place sometime in November and December of this year. Stay tuned – Aqua NC will have to send you a notice in the mail once those hearings are scheduled, and we’ll also let you know as soon as we find out! In the meantime, you can read information about the proposed rates here, and if you’d like to go ahead and send a letter or e-mail, those can go to:

NC Utilities Commission
ATTN: Consumer statement of position, W-218 sub 363
4325 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4325
statements@ncuc.net

Planning meeting scheduled
Clean Water for North Carolina, in partnership with local customers, will be offering some regional planning meetings where you can meet customers from other neighborhoods, learn strategies for organizing your neighbors and what to expect at the public hearings. So far we have scheduled two meetings; more may be scheduled later in the fall:

Saturday, Sept. 28 – 3:00-4:30 pm, Charlotte
Sunday, Sept. 29 – 3:00-4:30 pm, Raleigh
Date and time TBD – Guilford County
RSVP and directions: katie@cwfnc.org or 828.251.1291

Can’t make a meeting or send a representative from your neighborhood? We can send you some materials via e-mail or mail, so stay tuned. THANKS for the efforts so many of you are already involved in to reach out to your neighbors and begin to plan for opposition to these rate hikes!

Yours for safe, affordable water,

Katie Hicks, Clean Water for NC
katie@cwfnc.org, 828.251.1291
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Also see: Notice from Talis Management: Aqua NC Alert