Whitesburg KY

County facing 18.3% hike in price it pays for water

The Letcher County Water and Sewer District will see an 18.3 percent increase in the rate it pays for most of its water, if the Kentucky Public Service Commission approves a proposed rate increase from the Knott County Water and Sewer District.

Letcher County receives most of its treated water from Knott County, although it also purchases water from the City of Jenkins and the City of Whitesburg. The district does not have its own source of supply.

A wholesale customer notice from the Knott County District stating the intent to raise rates to $3.55 per 1,000 gallons of water from the current $3 was presented at the August meeting of the District Board of Directors. The application for the rate increase is on file with the Public Service Commission Offices in Frankfort and on its website. It is also available at the offices of the Knott County District.

The Letcher County Water and Sewer District’s attorney, Gerald E. Wuetcher, of Stoll, Keenon, and Ogden PLLS of Lexington and Louisville, has advised the board to request to intervene in the proceeding through the PSC. The intervention will not change the proposed rate increase, but Alan Bowman of Bell Engineering told the board that it will allow the Letcher District to ask questions during the hearing. Without the intervention, questions will not be permitted.

This announcement came as District Manager Mark Lewis told the board that the district has seen a significant decrease in

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