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Citizens Seeks Wastewater Rate Increase

9/25/2015
 
INDIANAPOLIS- Citizens Energy Group today filed a petition with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) seeking an increase in wastewater rates. If the petition is approved, the average residential bill will increase by $15 per month starting in July 2016 and about $3 per month in July 2017. The current average residential bill is about $35 per month, depending on consumption. 
 
Citizens is again proposing a low-income residential rate that will provide a 15 percent discount to customers who are enrolled in the Indiana Energy Assistance Program. Citizens also plans to create a special financial assistance fund exclusively for water and wastewater customers in need.
 
“The century-old sewer system in much of our city produces about six billion gallons of raw sewage each year that overflow into area waterways,” said Jeff Harrison, President and CEO of Citizens. “In order to fix this problem, we must continue making vital infrastructure investments which are required as a result of our federally mandated Consent Decree.”
 
The biggest Consent Decree infrastructure investment Citizens is making is happening underground through a project called DigIndy. When complete, DigIndy will be a 28-mile network of underground tunnels that will capture and store raw sewage until it can be treated. The Deep Rock Tunnel Connector is the first section of DigIndy and will be complete by the end of 2017. When all the DigIndy tunnels are complete by 2025, area waterways will be up to 97 percent cleaner than today. 
 
In addition to DigIndy, Citizens is investing in the Septic Tank Elimination Program (STEP). By removing customers from failing septic tanks and making sewer service available in more neighborhoods, Citizens eliminates the risk of failing septic tanks that leak raw sewage into the ground and into waterways. 
 
“Through DigIndy and STEP, Citizens is committed to improving Indianapolis’ water quality which will enhance recreational opportunities and promote neighborhood revitalization,” said Harrison. “Our proposed low-income rate is a testament that we are also committed to keeping utility bills as affordable as possible.”
 
For more information about Citizens’ investment in infrastructure, please visit CitizensEnergyGroup.com. To find out if you could qualify for the proposed low-income water and wastewater rate, please call 924-3311. 

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