State regulators approved a 30 percent increase from Citizens in 2016. The utility now says it needs to raise rates to continue funding its massive DigIndy tunnel system project.
Citizens Energy gave an update Monday on the the massive, $2 billion project, which involves a network of tunnels hundreds of feet under the city to handle sewage that would otherwise spill into local waterways.
Citizens Energy Group said crews are “conducting rapid inspections of all downtown sewer infrastructure to identify potential issues” after problems below the surface forced closures of two intersections this month.
Attention commuters: Citizens Energy Group announced Thursday afternoon that it had to close another busy downtown intersection because of problems with the underlying sewer system.
Veolia North America, a utility giant that operated water and wastewater operations in Indianapolis from 2002 to 2010, is closing a local office that employs about 90 people.
In a lawsuit filed in Marion Superior Court, Whitestown is suing the wastewater division of Citizens Energy Group for breach of contract and is seeking a refund for connection fees.
Citizens Energy Group says it plans to hire a “vast majority” of the 180 workers at two local wastewater-treatment plants after Suez Water Indiana LLC loses its contract to manage the facilities.
The average bill for Citizens residential customers in the nine-county metropolitan area would increase from about $30 a month to $35, the utility said.
The utility’s ad campaign comes as state regulators are considering Citizens’ request to raise water and sewer rates by double-digit percentages on about 400,000 customers.
A hazardous waste site in Indianapolis could be added to the federal Superfund program's priority list that speeds along investigations of contamination sources and eventual cleanups.
Indianapolis-area residents would see their sewer rates rise by about $8.50 a month this year and another $2.50 a month next year under a settlement announced Thursday.
The Indiana Office of the Utility Consumer Counselor is asking state regulators to approve just about half the rate increase Citizens Energy Group wants to charge water customers.
The utility, which provides water to about 400,000 homes and businesses in the eight-county Indianapolis area, said average residential bills would rise from $30 per month to $36 if it receives approval for the 20-percent hike.
Indianapolis homeowners have received a scare-sell insurance pitch about their water-service lines that appears to carry the endorsement of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
State regulators on Wednesday approved a rate hike that will increase monthly wastewater bills by about 26 percent, or close to $14 on average, for Citizens Energy Group customers.
Citizens Energy Group has won state approval to raise water rates for Indianapolis customers, but not before being taken to task for excessive executive compensation.