Missouri American Water receives $28-million rate increase

Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 7:28 p.m. CDT; updated 9:22 a.m. CDT, Friday, June 18, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri American Water customers will pay about $28 million more annually.

The Missouri Public Service Commission said Thursday that it had approved a rate increase for the water and sewer company.

Missouri American provides water to about 584,000 customers around the state, but the new rates will vary by location.

For example, rates will rise by nearly 15 percent for customers in St. Louis and St. Charles and by nearly 16 percent for customers in Joplin.

St. Joseph customers will pay about 3 percent more while Jefferson City customers actually will see a slight decrease in rates.

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John Ponzo August 13, 2010 | 1:29 p.m.

The residents of the Ridgewood Estates subdivision located in the southernmost portion of Platte County desperately require relief. There are 103 homes in this subdivision. Many of the homeowners here are retired, many are young families and a few are middle-aged single occupants, like me. Let me get right to the heart of the issue. The Missouri American Water Company is our water provider. We have been subjected to outrageous rate hikes. Please digest the following sentence very carefully. “If I do not use one single drop of water, during an entire billing month, I would be billed in excess of $80.” This is unconscionable! $65 of that charge is for a “flat sewer rate”. The remaining charges entail a minimum water usage charge, customer charge and applicable taxes. Missouri American Water blames the city of Kansas City for the excessive sewer charges. My neighbors across the street, within the Kansas City limits, pay approximately one-third of what we Ridgewood Estates residents pay. I implore you. I beseech you. Please help us. Something is not right here. There has to be some type of 'corruption' in the works. We need someone to champion this effort. We need someone to launch an investigational probe into this madness. John Ponzo Kansas City, MO

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