Holley-Navarre Water rate increase coming

Holley-Navarre Water System Inc. plans to raise rates for its roughly 14,000 customers by the end of 2015.

In a statement, the nonprofit utility cited several extraordinary recent and upcoming expenses, but declined to be specific about how much they cost or the amount of the looming rate increase.

“We’re just letting everybody know there could be a rate increase,” said Billy Sublett, HNWS executive director, in a phone interview.

The utility’s the written statement referred to an increase as “likely.”

The first reason for an increase cited in the utility’s announcement earlier this week is what it described as a 25 percent increase in the price of water purchased from a water company of which it’s a partial owner, Fairpoint Regional Utility System.

Fairpoint’s rate increase “was required to pay for the repair of the line under East Bay, construct a new water supply well and construct a new ground storage tank and booster pump station,” the statement said. “These projects allow the system to keep up with growing demand.”

The Navarre Press reported in December 2014 that the preliminary cost estimate for the East Bay project was $685,000.

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