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Alexandria officials say no to 'too aggressive' water rate increases proposed by Virginia American Water

Posted on Jul 26,2019
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Jennifer Ortiz

The City of Alexandria is fighting back against water rate increases that would cost Virginia customers an average of $75 more in the first year of the proposed increase.

Virginia American Water, the privately-owned, for-profit provider of drinking water in the city, has requested an annual water rate increase of 14.48% and a wastewater service rate decrease of 3.73% in order to produce more sales revenue.

The bill for an average residential customer using 4,500 gallons of water per month would go up about $75 in the first year and about $39 in each of the second and third years, according to a release from Alexandria.

Alexandria, at the direction of the city council, objects the increase on behalf of customers, and states that “the profit margin should be lowered, the rate of bill increases should be gradual and representative of national average, costs of serving customers should be appropriately and fairly allocated between residential, commercial and industrial customer.”

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