On Monday, 12/21, Rich Lacelles hosted a meeting to address concerns about Pennichuck’s proposed 20% rate increase. There was a lot of information discussed and it was decided action needed to be taken. Please watch the video to see how you can become an Intervenor.
Attention – Pennichuck is Moving Ahead with a Huge Rate Increase and We Need to Fight It.
We need citizens to voice their opposition. This can be done in two ways: EMAIL THE PUC – Email the Public Utilities Commission voicing your opposition. Email PUC@puc.nh.gov and firstname.lastname@example.org. Title it “DW20-156 – Litchfield Water Rates “for more details. BECOME AN INTERVENER – To become more involved, you can become an intervener and help represent Litchfield during rate hearings. Contact me or Marc Cloutier. If we don’t fight this, our already astronomical rates will increase an additional 21%.Your email can be very brief but here is some ammunition. Litchfield’s rates will be $9.42 per unit of water. Hudson pays $3.30, Merrimack is $2.32, and Manchester is $1.64. We pay between 2.9 times and 5.7 times more than our neighbors The average Litchfield homeowner will pay almost $90 per month for water. If you water your lawn, that cost may exceed $250 per month. With lawn watering, you may pay $1,500+ per year for water. We pay Pennichuck over $500K per year for hydrant rental. This goes on your tax bill and is more than 7% of our entire municipal budget. We pay more for hydrants than we do to run the library and recycling center! Pennichuck serves 29 towns and Litchfield has the largest customer base. Therefore, Litchfield customers are helping subsidize improvements in their 28 other towns. With the St. Gobain PFOA situation, customers have no other water option as wells could be contaminated. We are forced to use Pennichuck. Here are Links to Important Documents : https://www.puc.nh.gov/Regulatory/Docketbk/2020/20-156.html?fbclid=IwAR1wZgDIOdwAosNglMu-G7QCraJ1lyls7bO2FZKqZvRgQsGbI1k-mqWqK-c