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United Water seeks massive rate hike

October 1, 2009 3:38:23 PM PDT
United Water, which serves the majority of Rockland County, is looking to raise rates for the average customer by about $119 a year. The hike, equal to about 21 percent for most customers, would require approval from the state Public Service Commission.

The company is looking for additional revenue to offset increases in pension, health and contractor costs, along with increased real estate taxes.

The company also needs to hire several employees to meet federal and local health regulations, as well as "ensure that [the] company remains financially stable so it can continue to provide quality service."

Officials say customers might be able to pay less if the Public Service Commission approves a proposal to put a $3.2 million settlement toward its basic water rate.

The last United Water increase happened in 2006, with an $85, or 19 percent, overall hike.

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