No Water Rate Increase
  • Petitioned Consumer Complaints

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N.C. Utilities Commission
Consumer Complaints

No Water Rate Increase

    1. Petition by

      Hampton Ridge Neighbors

Aqua of North Carolina is requesting a 20.4 % Water Rate increase from the N.C. Utilities Commission. Aqua raised rates in 2009 by 12.9 %.

Private water utility companies are known as "rate case machines," and Aqua stands out among them as the best in the business, said Angie Storozynski, a utilities analyst with the Macquarie Research firm in New York.

Aqua America, the Pennsylvania parent of Aqua North Carolina, is the nation's second largest private water utility. It is known for aggressively pursuing acquisitions of small water systems, and then putting money into infrastructure improvements, a practice that depends on "almost continuous rate filings," Storozynski wrote in a recent analysis.

Recent signatures


    1. The outrage over Aqua continues in Charlotte:

    2. Fayetteville Resident oppose the rate increases;

    3. At meetings in Raleigh last week, organizers presented these petition signatures and wowed the commission with their presentation.

    4. Hundreds are expected for Aqua protests in Raleigh tonight:

    5. Reached 3 signatures
    6. Here is an update sent to me by email from Juli Williams, from Raleigh, who is helping organize the protests:

      "I went to the Winston-Salem hearing last night and it was great. I handed out fliers I made up "RESIDENTS AGAINST AQUA" with Q: and A: and put the info. on the new website the Charlotte people have going

      Anyway, it was GREAT! I almost blew away when the wind caught my picket sign! My main thing is it was very impressive that all neighborhoods presented their petitions to the commission when they got up to speak. In past they are mailed and I think the commission thought we didn't have any this time so when they just kept coming person after person it was shocking. You could see it on their faces.

      Every single person was saying " I am so and so I am representing 200 or xxxx number in neighborhood and here are xxx signatures against this rate increase to be put on record".

    7. News 14 Carolina aired a great segment on this campaign on Sunday night:

    8. North Carolina residents: Please email this petition to friends. The organizers have set a new goal of 10,000 signatures, and they need your help.

    9. Organizers have collected almost 5,000 signatures between this petition and their work on-the-ground.

    10. IMPORTANT: Follow this Facebook page to find out information about future protests planned in April:

    11. Reached 2 signatures
    12. Aqua America Customers to Stage Water Rate Protests

      Juli Williams, of Raleigh, North Carolina, has five daughters. Three are in college and two are in high school. She holds a full-time job as a personal assistant. Her husband is on unemployment.
      In short, Ms. Williams has her hands full.
      But she...

    13. Reached 500 signatures
    14. Aqua America: The Private Water Utility Draining North Carolina

      Clean drinking water is a basic human need. So what happens when a family's monthly water bill costs more than its family share cell phone plan?
      Such is the absurd situation faced by families who must pay Aqua North Carolina—the state's largest...

    15. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • John Sprink FUQUAY VARINA, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      In adition to water rate increases, Aqua is asking for an increase in sewage rates which should be denied. In 2009 they received a $48.81/month increase.

    • Courtney Greene CHARLOTTE, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      Resident of Rocky Ridge

    • Kathy Melton CHARLOTTE, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      Rocky Ridge Neighborhood

    • Chris Harris CHARLOTTE, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      We want this company out of our neighborhood.

    • Gina Deitz RALEIGH, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      From Old Milburnie Crossings subdivision in Raleigh, NC


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