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Surcharge Approved to Fund Tennessee Water Infrastructure Projects

Wed April 18, 2018 - National Edition
Emily Buenzle


Tennessee American Water recently announced that the Tennessee Public Utility Commission approved a surcharge for 2018 water infrastructure projects that will help to improve the water system in the Chattanooga area.
Tennessee American Water recently announced that the Tennessee Public Utility Commission approved a surcharge for 2018 water infrastructure projects that will help to improve the water system in the Chattanooga area.

Tennessee American Water recently announced that the Tennessee Public Utility Commission approved a surcharge for 2018 water infrastructure projects that will help to improve the water system in the Chattanooga area.

The surcharge, which is a 2.48 percent increase on all water charges, went into effect April 10, Nooga.com reported. Customers will see the charge on their monthly bills on the “Capital Recovery Riders” line. This rider reflects a $0.54 monthly increase for an average Chattanooga resident, according to a news release.

The 2018 projects that Tennessee American Water is planning total $20 million, and will include:

  • Building a new facility for bulk bleach for disinfecting the water. Bleach is safer both to store and handle than the chlorine gas that has been used in the past, Nooga.com reported.
  • Replacing around 16,000 ft. of the area's water main.

According to the EPA's recently released report to Congress, “Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment,” Tennessee has a total of $8.7 billion in infrastructure needs for its drinking water, based on 2015 dollars.

“Our investments are focused on making sure that water is always there when we need it - for our homes, businesses, public health and firefighting protection,” said Val Armstrong, Tennessee American Water president, in a news release. “We are committed to high standards in water quality and reliability of service for our customers … “Tennessee American Water makes continuous investments in our drinking water system to keep drinking water affordable, safe, clean and reliable.”




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