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The closest hearing about a water rate increase proposal being held by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority was last night.  The meeting in Fairfield to discuss the double digit request by Aquarion Water Company is the first of four being held.  The others will be in Mystic, Torrington and Simsbury. 

 

Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi says the request is a three year plan with rates rising each year.  He says there's still people unemployed and underemployed that can't absorb the excessive 19-percent request.

 

Aquarion serves over 625,000 customers in Connecticut.  They could soon add to their service territory.  A public hearing is being scheduled in Bethel by town officials on the potential sale of Bethel Water Company to Aquarion.

 

The Torrington hearing is scheduled for June 25th at 6:30pm at City Hall.

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