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Hearings are being held this month by the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority about a 19-percent rate increase request by Aquarion Water Company.  Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi says the system is broken leaving families to absorb large increases at once rather than smaller, more manageable ones more frequently.

 

Aquarion says the large hike is being requested so they can make infrastructure repairs and improvements.  It's a three year plan with nearly 2-percent increases in the second two years. 

 

Aquarion received approval in 2010 for a 15-percent increase.

 

The 19-percent increase would go into effect in September if approved by PURA.  It amounts to an average 7-dollars more per residential customer.

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