Senator Kissel Opposes Connecticut Water Company Rate Hike

September 22, 2006

Encourages Residents to Attend October 4th Public Hearing in Enfield

State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) has expressed his opposition to a proposed 30.2 percent rate increase for Connecticut Water Company and its operating divisions, Crystal Water and Unionville Water. Connecticut Water Company applied to the Connecticut Department of Utility Control (DPUC) to increase its rates on July 18th and the DPUC is currently reviewing the application. A public hearing regarding the increase will be held at Enfield Town Hall Wednesday October 4th at 6:30 PM.

“With the price of gas still high and the cold winter months right around the corner, the last thing residents of North Central Connecticut need is another increase to their cost of living expenses,” said Senator Kissel who serves the residents of East Granby, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Suffield, Windsor, and Windsor Locks. “A number of individuals and families in my district have already expressed their opposition to the hike. A number of them are on strict, fixed incomes and any additional cost is a lot for them to absorb.”

Senator Kissel wants to be sure that all customers of Connecticut Water Company are aware of the October 4th public hearing.

“I would like to encourage residents as well as business owners who are impacted to attend this public hearing and express their opinions on the rate hike directly to the DPUC officials that will be on hand. There are thousands of people in my district who depend exclusively on Connecticut Water Company for their water, so I am hopeful that the October 4th public hearing is well-attended.”

Senator Kissel is a Deputy Minority Leader and the Ranking Senator on the Judiciary Committee. He is currently serving his 7th term representing the 7th district.