Carolina Water Service customers facing rate increase


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A public service meeting is set for Monday to discuss a proposed rate increase for Carolina Water Service customers.

The application for consideration was filed in September, but water customers, including State Senator Katrina Shealy, (R-Lexington) aren't too thrilled.

Shealy voiced her strong opposition to a water rate increase application filed by Carolina Water Service, Inc. to the Public Service Commission of South Carolina.

In an email to her constituents, Shealy is urging residents to attend the meeting to address their concerns.

"I am emailing you today because there is still one more way that you can stand up and try to stop this rate increase," she said in an email. "This meeting is the last opportunity for residents to testify against the rate increases."

In the application filed in September, Carolina Water Service said the rate increase is necessary to permit it to provide reasonable and adequate service to its customers. The increase ranges from 20-25 percent.

The proposed increase would affect residents in Gaston, Irmo, Lexington and West Columbia.

"I look forward to seeing you at the meeting," Shealy said in the email.

Shealy said the following neighborhoods would be affected by the rate increase:

Ballentine Cove, Blue Ridge, Brighton Forest, Calvin Acres, Falcon Ranches, Friarsgate 1 & 2, Glen Village / Stonebridge, Golden Pond, Governor's Grant, Harborside, Heatherwood, Hidden Valley Country Club, Hidden Valley Trail Park, Idlewood, Indian Pines, Laurel Meadows, North Lake Shore Point, Oak Grove Estates, Planter's Station, Rollingwood, Salem Church Road Utilities, Secret Cove, Shadowood Cove, Springlake, Springhill, Stonegate, Sycamore Acres, The Landings, Greyland Forest, Watergate / Spence Point / Mallard Shores, Westside Terrace, Windward Point, Woodsen, and Kingston Harbour

The Public Service Commission will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at 101 Executive Center Drive in Columbia.

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