published Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Public comment requested in potential water-rate increase

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Regulatory Authority is asking for public comments at Monday’s scheduled public hearing in Chattanooga on Tennessee American Water Co.’s proposed 30.5 percent rate increase.

TRA Chairman Mary Freeman, Director Eddie Roberson and Director Sara Kyle will hear testimony and determine whether Tennessee American should receive any, or all, of its request.

The rate case hearing begins Monday in the Hamilton County Courthouse and runs through Friday. But the TRA has specifically set aside time for public comment from 9 to 10 a.m. and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

“Hearing from consumers is an important component of a rate increase,” said Freeman. “It is very important for the consumers in Chattanooga to be able to express their opinion about the proposed rate case in a forum that is convenient for them and conducive to encourage as many people as possible to participate.”

The TRA is charged with promoting the public interest by balancing the interests of utility consumers and providers.

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