Missouri American Water Co. Gets Rate Increase
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri American Water Co. customers in Joplin and St. Joseph will be paying more, starting around April 1. The Missouri Public Service Commission on Wednesday agreed to a settlement with the utility, which said it needed to increase rates to pay for improvements to its infrastructure and higher costs of delivering service. The utility had sought an increase of $42.9 million but the commission approved a $23.2 million increase for water and $725,000 for sewer service. The Joplin Globe reports the typical Joplin residential customer will pay a 10 percent increase, or about $3.60 a month. The St. Joseph News-Press report the typical increase for St. Joseph-area customers will be about $4.30 a month, or 15 percent. Missouri American has about 457,700 water and sewer customers in Missouri.