The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has decided to investigate the need for changes in existing regulations for water rates as a result of "drastically increased" water treatment, filtration, and supply costs. While rejecting calls for immediate changes in rate design, a shift to volumetric interclass cost allocation, and special low-income rate schedules, the PUC decided to open two separate inquiries to determine whether formal rulemakings were required. Re Low-Income Discount Rate for Residential Households and to Allocate Water Supply Costs Among Customer Classes on a Volumetric Basis, Dkt. No. 94-430, Feb. 23, 1995 (Me.P.U.C.).
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