Utility regulators approve rate increase for Washington Water customers

NewsToday the Utilities and Transportation Commission approved a rate increase for Washington Water customers.

Starting Dec. 1, the average residential water customer using 854 cubic feet of water a month will pay $5.52 more, for an average monthly bill of $59.27.

In July the company requested to raise rates by $1.6 million (13.8 percent) due to increased operating costs. The company and commission staff reached an agreement, filed with the commission on Nov. 1, recommending a reduced rate increase of $1.14 million (9.6 percent).

Washington Water’s last general rate increase was in 2015.

The commission received 50 public comments to date on Washington Water’s rate increase proposal — all of them opposed.

Washington Water serves approximately 17,500 residential customers on 196 water systems located in Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, San Juan, and Thurston counties.

The UTC is the state agency that regulates private, investor-owned utilities in Washington. It is the commission’s responsibility to ensure regulated companies provide safe and reliable service to customers at reasonable rates, while allowing them the opportunity to earn a fair profit.

Note: A copy of the commission’s order is available at the commission’s website: www.utc.wa.gov