Water rate hike in Alexandria
Alexandria is one of the only localities in Virginia that has private water service, an arrangement that dates back to the 1840s, when the city left the District and returned to Virginia, WAMU reports.
The way current utility regulation works in the commonwealth, the Virginia American Water Co. can actually raise rates before the State Corporation Commission approves the hike. Water company spokesman David Barney acknowledges that the company hit customers with a 22 percent increase in 2008, even though they were eventually only approved for a 10 percent increase.
Now, the water company has filed notice that it plans to increase rates again, this time for a 22 percent increase. Alexandria Councilwoman Redella S. “Del” Pepper (D) says she thinks the company should have to wait for regulatory approval.
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