Public Notice to ALL customers of the Ripon Water Utility

PUBLIC NOTICE TO ALL CUSTOMERS OF THE
RIPON WATER UTILITY

 

The Ripon Water Utility (Utility) has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to increase water rates.  The increase is necessary due to a 43.32 percent increase in gross plant investment and a 43.28 percent increase in operating expenses since the last water rate case was completed in 2011.

 

The total increase in water revenues requested is $626,436 which will result in an estimated overall rate increase of 49.02 percent over the water utility’s present revenues and would be implemented in two steps.  The proposed Step 1 increase of $361,278 would take effect upon the issuance of the Final Decision by the PSCW.  The overall Step 2 increase of $626,436 is compared to the current rates and is an additional increase of $265,158 over Step 1 rates.  The Utility would implement the remaining Step 2 increase of $265,158 when it notifies the PSCW that the Department of Public Works (DPW) facility is complete and placed in service.  If the request is granted, the water bill for an average residential customer with a ⅝-inch or ¾-inch meter who uses 1,200 cubic feet of water per quarter will increase from $74.04 to $109.62, or 48.06 percent, including the public fire protection charge after Step 2 has been implemented.

 

A public hearing on the application has been scheduled for Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.  This hearing has no physical location.  Parties and Commission staff appear by Zoom.  Parties and Commission staff may use the telephone connection as a backup or if no practicable internet connection exists.  Members of the public attend by Zoom or by audio-only telephone connection.

 

            Join Zoom over the internet at:

            https://us02web.zoom.us/my/pschearings

 

            To join Zoom telephone:

  1. Dial:  +1 312 626 6799
  2. Enter:  809 513 2930 # (Meeting ID)

 

The Commission intends to livestream and record this hearing on YouTube.  To access the livestream, go to the Commission’s website at http://psc.wi.gov, click the dropdown menu labeled “News & Events”, and select item labeled “Broadcasts”.

 

A person may testify in this proceeding without becoming a party and without attorney representation.  A person may submit this testimony in only one of the following ways:

 

  • Web Comment.  File a comment on the internet.  Go to the Commission’s web site at http://psc.wi.gov, click the dropdown menu labeled “Commission Action”.  Select the item labeled “File a Public Comment”.  On the next page select the “File a comment” link that appears for docket number 5105-WR-102.  Web comments shall be received no later than Monday, June 17, 2024.
  • Live Comment.  Make a live comment at the hearing.  The ALJ may receive live comments from any member of the public in attendance after the close of any party and Commission staff testimony.  The ALJ will receive such comments by stating the name of each member of the public connected to the hearing one at a time and asking if they would like to comment.
  • Mail Comment.  Send a comment by U.S. Mail. All comments submitted by U.S. Mail shall be received no later than Monday, June 17, 2024 and shall be addressed to: Attn: Docket 5105-WR-102 Comments, Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 7854, Madison, WI 53707-7854.

 

To access the documents, schedule, and other information about this docket, go to the Commission’s web site at http://psc.wi.gov, select the dropdown menu labeled ‘eServices”.   Select the item labeled “Docket Search (CMS)”.  On the next page enter 5105-WR-102 in the spaces labeled “Case #” and select “Search”.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Utility at (920) 748-4912.