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Associated Press Newswires

Friday, February 22, 2002

Water costs increase in Quad Cities, Clinton due to security

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Utilities Board has approved water rate increases for Iowa-American Water Co. in the Quad Cities and Clinton areas to help pay for additional security measures.

Rates will go up 3.4 percent in the Quad Cities District and 8.05 percent in the Clinton District.

The rate settlement is an amendment to a rate increase approved by the state board in August 2001 to include costs of upgrading security measures implemented following the September terrorist attacks, a utilities board news release said.

As part of the settlement, the water company cannot seek another rate increase until after March 1, 2004.

"The board reviewed information pertaining to all new security measures taken by the company and was satisfied that the new expenses are prudent," the release said.

Details of the measures were not released "to avoid compromising those security measures," the board said.

The company provides water to 30,000 residential and business customers in the Clinton area and more than 130,000 customers in the Quad Cities.

 


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