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Press Release, July 2, 2018
TOWN OF BEL AIR ADDRESSES RATE INCREASE BY MARYLAND AMERICAN WATER
Last Thursday, June 28, officials of Maryland American Water issued a press release stating that it filed a petition with the Maryland Public Services Commission for new rates to recover investment by the Company to secure a dependable water supply for its customers in Bel Air and parts of Harford County outside the Town.
As expected, there has been a reaction on the part of the public to this announcement. And, as expected, misinformation has followed by those discussing the release through the social media.
It is important that our residents know that the Town of Bel Air is a customer of Maryland American Water. The Town does not own the water supply and receives no monies collected by Maryland American for the sale of its water to its customers.
For the past several years, there have been numerous discussions and public meetings regarding a dependable water source for Bel Air and residents were advised that the cost of construction of an impoundment at the Winters Run facility would be absorbed by its users. What was not known until last Thursday’s press release was that cost. The Town has not received any other information than what the press release contains; so, therefore, the actual numbers will not really be known until we receive a copy of the petition.
The Town assures it citizens and businesses that it is working to address this matter and will be preparing testimony when the PSC holds its public hearings. The Town will make every effort to keep the public informed of its actions to include an informational meeting at some point in the near future. Should there be any questions or concerns citizens and businesses of the Town may have, please contact our Town Administrator, Jesse Bane. He can be reached at telephone number 410 638-4550; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you wish to meet with him personally, you may. To do so, it is advised that you schedule an appointment ahead of time.