West Virginia American Water: Proposed fee hike would amount to average $1.04 per month

West Virginia American Water says an application it has filed with Public Service Commission would amount to an increase of $1.04 per month for the average customer using 3,256 gallons. (WCHS/WVAH)

West Virginia American Water Co. announced it has filed for an increase in a fee it charges for infrastructure improvements that would amount to a $1.04 per month for the average residential customer.

The water company said in a news release Thursday that it filed the application with the state Public Service Commission seeking the hike.

Under the plan, the current distribution system improvement charge for customers would increase from 1.09 percent in 2017 to 3.28 percent in 2018.

The $1.04 per month increase would be for the average residential customer using 3,256 gallons.

Water company officials said the 2018 infrastructure replacement program linked to the distribution improvement charge would include $29.9 million in systemwide upgrades.

This would include $23.5 million to replace or upgrade more than 39 miles of water mains, $4 million to replace service lines and fire hydrants and $2.4 million to replace and upsize two water storage tanks.

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