FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 04, 2021
Contact: Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300
PSC Approves Agreement Reached in
Elm Hills Water and Sewer Rate Cases
JEFFERSON CITY---The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved an agreement which authorizes Elm Hills Utility Operating Company, Inc. (Elm Hills) to increase annual water operating revenues by approximately $64,361 and annual sewer operating revenues by approximately $326,474. Elm Hills has been directed to file tariffs reflecting approval of the agreement and those tariffs are to indicate when new rates are scheduled to take effect.
When Elm Hills filed its water and sewer rate cases with the Public Service Commission on March 6, 2020, it sought to increase annual water operating revenues by approximately $135,745 and annual sewer operating revenues by approximately $393,919.
The agreement approved by the Commission was submitted by Elm Hills and the Office of the Public Counsel. The Public Service Commission Staff did not oppose the agreement. The Office of the Public Counsel is a separate state agency that represents the general public in matters before the Commission.
Under the agreement, a residential water customer using 3,800 gallons of water a month will see water rates increase from $16.52 a month to $57.91 a month. Flat sewer rates will increase from an average monthly customer charge of $20.60 a month to $99.88 a month. Under the agreement, the sewer rates of four different systems (formerly Missouri Utilities, Rainbow Acres, State Park Village and Twin Oaks/Preserve) were consolidated into one monthly sewer rate for all four service areas.
Within six months of the effective date of the Commission’s order approving the agreement (January 29, 2021), Elm Hills shall have installed meters measuring flows into and out of the Elm Hills Mobile Home Park. Within three years, Elm Hills shall have made necessary repairs and installations such that all other water customers are served by functioning meters, with the exception of those commercial customers for which installation of meters is infeasible.
Elm Hills serves approximately 127 water customers and 378 sewer customers in Pettis and Johnson counties.