The New York Public Service Commission will (“PSC”) be holding a hearing to listen to statements from the public on the pending petition of Suez Water Westchester to increase water rates. The public statement hearing will be held at the Rye City Hall on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7 pm. Any member of the public is welcome to attend and make a statement. There will be a presentation on the rate case at 7 pm, followed by public comments at 8 pm.
Suez Water is seeking to increase rates, on average, by 35% for customers within District 1 (the City of Rye, Village of Port Chester, and Village of Rye Brook). The municipalities have joined together to retain an attorney and consultant to represent our interests before the PSC to fight the increase. The large increase stems, in part, from Suez’s proposal to equalize rates for District 1 with New Rochelle (District 2). New Rochelle’s rates are now significantly higher than our areas. We successfully fought off this attempt by Suez to have the same rates for both districts in the last rate case and will endeavor to do so again. That alone would reduce the increase by roughly one-half. We will continue to monitor the Company’s efforts to reduce its excessive level of lost water and improve the quality of service.
Suez is also proposing to merge all of its New York operations into one entity. We are reviewing the impact of the proposed merger to determine if it is in the public interest. Attached is the public notice issued by the PSC that gives some more details on the case and your opportunity to speak at the public statement hearing.