Missoula Water Rates To Go Up By 3%

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After some debate, Missoula water customers will soon see an increase in their water rates. The Montana Public Service Comission decided not to reconsider a previous decision this morning. Mountain Water rates will go up by more than 3% on your next bill.

The meeting was held after the Montana Consumer Counsel asked commissioners to reconsider, saying the commission didn't take into account Mountain's ability to provide lower rates since it was bought by the Carlyle Group a few years ago. PSC Vice President Bob Lake said the commission wasn't convinced.

"There was no new issue brought up that I didn't feel, personally, was valid enough to grant reopening the case totally. Had we gone back in to it, we would have brought more issues up, and the decision could have ended higher," Lake said.

Commissioners said customers can expect to see the higher rates on their next water bill.

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