To The Daily Sun,
More than 300 persons living in Belmont and Bow communities, many of them senior citizens on fixed incomes, face drastic water and sewer cost increases if the New Hampshire PUC approves Abenaki Water Company's current rate request.
As a Abenaki customer living in the former Briarcrest community and only 200 feet from Laconia water and sewer lines, you would think engineers would have linked our water and sewer together and keep the needed revenues here in New Hampshire. No, it is a complicated situation today causing dissatisfied customers, bloated water and sewer rates and revenues being paid to a Connecticut company.
Of course, my wife and I could move back to the Nutmeg State, but that's not going to happen and that wouldn't solve a very complicated problem. Actually, in June 2012 we here in Belmont paid about $43 a month for our water and sewer fees. This month's bill from Abenaki was $84.80 — almost a 100 percent increase.
Having worked as a manager for a responsible and dedicated public service firm in Connecticut several years ago, we were lucky to get a 7 percent service rate increase. Of course, times and conditions have changed, but an accumulated 100 percent jump in your monthly sewer and water bill does call for concern and action by the PUC.
We know there's no easy solution to this clouded water and sewer rate case, but we are heartened to hear that State Senator Andrew Hosmer (who attended our Briarcrest meeting last week) is interested in our plight and plans to pursue this rate increase problem with the PUC. If we are to curb this unfair water and sewer increase, we should urge affected customers and local commercial firms to share our concerns with letters to the editors, contact our state officials and attend PUC meetings.
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