- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Dozens of people packed hearing rooms at the offices of the Public Service Commission of Charleston to speak against West Virginia American Water’s proposed water rate increase.

Media outlets report more than 100 WVAW customers showed up Monday to voice their concerns about the 28 percent rate increase. Some accused the company of acting like a monopoly, while others suggested the company should instead be a private business. A few citizens also spoke about water main breaks that affect their service.

WVAW spokeswoman Laura Jordan says the rate increase would go toward updates for aging infrastructure. She says about $150 million would go to infrastructure improvements by the time the new rates go into effect next February.

The water company’s last rate increase was 6.7 percent back in October 2013.

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