Water rate interventions filed

By CNJ Staff

About a half-dozen interventions have been filed objecting to the proposed rate increases requested by New Mexico American Water, according to a utility official.

New Mexico American Water Vice President Kathy Wright said they included interventions filed by businesses, the city of Clovis and Clovis Municipal Schools. She said no residential customers filed formal interventions to her knowledge, although they may have submitted comments.

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has rescheduled the public hearing to hear testimony in the case for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 29. The hearing will be at the PRC’s offices at 224 East Palace Ave., Santa Fe.

The water company is requesting additional annual revenues of $1.6 million from its water utility operations in its Clovis service district, representing an increase of about 20 percent above its adjusted water service revenues for 2005, Wright said previously.

Wright wrote in the notice sent to customers that the additional funds have been requested “to fund infrastructure improvements that will improve the supply and reliability of the Clovis water system and cover increased operating costs.” She said in the notice a residential water service customer using 8,500 gallons of water a month would “see their bills rise from $33.70 to $40.43, or about 25 cents a day,” under the proposed plan.

The rate increase request also includes conservation programs, her letter reads. They include rebates of up to $250 for installation of low-flow toilets, $125 for high-efficiency machines and up to $800 for water-efficient landscaping.