Delaware Division of the
Public Advocate

Artesian Wastewater Increase

Date Posted: Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Effective October 8, 2013, rates for customers of Artesian Wastewater Management, Inc. will increase to $80 per EDU per month (EDU stands for Equivalent Dwelling Unit; most residential customers are charged 1 EDU). By Order No. 8442, rates will increase to $85 per EDU per month approximately one year later on September 14, 2014.

The PSC entered Order No. 8469 which permits consolidated billing for customers of Artesian Water Company and Artesian Wastewater Management. This means that rather than receiving one bill for water services and a second bill for wastewater services, charges for each service will appear on a single bill. The PSC also approved a posting sequence for partial payments received for a consolidated bill: (1) Any existing arrearages for either water or wastewater service; (2) Arrears by vintage priority for water or wastewater service. A water service arrearage has a higher priority than wastewater service arrearage of the same vintage; (3) Current charges for water service; (4) Current charges for wastewater service.

By Order No. 8466, the PSC approved Delmarva’s request to place into effect a second temporary rate increase in the amount of $25,155,265, effective October 22, 2013. This increase is permitted under Delaware law, and is in addition to a $2,500,000 increase that went into effect on April 9, 2013 in accordance with Order No. 8337.

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