Saturday 5 October 2013

Merrill Water Utility Seeks Rate Increase

Posted at 8:17 AM


The Merrill Water Utility has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to increase water rates.  The increase is necessary because of the addition of $2.2 million in manganese removal treatment plant and increased chemical costs since the last water rate case in 2010 with a 2011 test year.

 The total increase in water revenues requested is $121,641 which will result in an estimated overall rate increase of 10% over the water utility’s present revenues.  If the request is granted, the water bill for general service and public fire protection service for an average residential customer with a ?-inch or ¾-inch meter who uses 1,300 cubic feet (approx. 9,750 gallons) of water per quarter will increase from $56.28 to $63.49, an increase of less than 8 cents per day.

A public hearing on the application has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers at the Merrill City Hall.

Scheduling questions regarding this hearing may be directed to the PSCW at (608) 266-3766.

A person may testify in this proceeding without becoming a party and without attorney representation.  A person may submit this testimony in one of the following ways:

Web Comment.  Go to the PSCW’s web site at, click on the “Public Comments” button on the side menu bar.  On the next page select the “File a comment” link that appears for docket number 3610-WR-104.  Web comments shall be received no later than the day before the hearing.

Oral Comment.  Spoken testimony at the public hearing session.

Written Comment.  Instead of speaking at the hearing, write out a comment and submit it at the public hearing session.

Mail Comment.  All comments submitted by U.S. mail shall be received no later than the day before the hearing and shall be addressed to:  Docket 3610-WR-104 Comments, Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 7854, Madison, WI 53707-7854.

The PSCW intends to webcast this hearing live on the PSCW’s web site at under the “PSC Live Broadcast” button.


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