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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, April 26, 2010

Two public hearings set on proposed water rate hikes

Advertiser Staff

The Board of Water Supply meets for two public hearings on proposed water rate changes for agricultural users at 6 p.m. May 4 in Hilo and 6 p.m. May 5 at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, the Hawaii Tribune Herald reports.

The first option being considered implements an increase for ag users, from the current $0.85 per 1,000 gallons to $0.92 gallons starting July 1, then to $1.69 per 1,000 gallons in 2014.

Under that plan, general users would also have graduated rate increases. Those users in the first block would see rates increase 6 cents this year, to $0.81 per 1,000 gallons, then an additional 6 cents to $0.87 per 1,000 gallons in 2014. Those users in the three larger use categories would see rates increase 12 cents per 1,000 gallons this year, then another 2 cents by 2014.

The second option, which includes no increases for ag users, would raise rates 6 cents for the first block of users and 12 cents for other users this year. The lowest usage rate would go up another 6 cents by 2014. The second block would increase 2 cents by 2014, while the two highest rate groups would see increases of 27 cents and 35 cents per 1,000 gallons.