Public Witness Hearing
Lake Junaluska Assembly’s
Application to Provide Water and Sewer Service
and for Approval of Rates
Thursday, December 12, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.
Haywood County Courthouse, Courtroom 3B
285 N Main Street, Waynesville
Docket No. W-1274 Sub 7

On September 28, 2018, Lake Junaluska Assembly, Inc. (LJA), applied to provide water and sewer utility service to residential and commercial customers in the Lake Junaluska Assembly service area of Haywood County, and for approval of water and sewer rates.

For residential customers, LJA is requesting a 7.2 percent rate reduction, so that a customer using 2,820 gallons of water in a month would pay $32.08; today that customer pays $34.57. However, LJA is requesting an 8.12% increase in residential wastewater rates such that a typical residential customer would pay $34.76 per month rather than the current $32.15. In addition, LJA is proposing a capital improvement assessment of $8.14 per month for water service and $8.14 per month for wastewater service. LJA’s complete proposal, including proposed rates for commercial customers, can be found here .

The Commission has scheduled this public hearing for the sole purpose of receiving testimony from LJA’s customers. Information about giving testimony can be found here.

Customers can also submit a written statement to the Commission via email. Be sure to include the docket number in the subject line. Another option is to mail a statement to the Commission at the address below. In either case, after two or three business days, statements are made part of the official record for the proceeding, and can be viewed on this website via the assigned docket number.

The Public Staff—North Carolina Utilities Commission is a separate, independent agency that represents the using and consuming public in matters before the Commission, including applications for certificate of public convenience and necessity and the establishment of rates like this one. You can send the Public Staff a statement, or ask them a question, via email.

The Commission has also scheduled an evidentiary hearing for expert witness testimony which will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, in Commission Hearing Room 2115, 430 N Salisbury Street, Raleigh. There will not be an opportunity for public comments at this hearing, but the public is welcome to attend.

Weapons are strictly prohibited at these hearings, and everyone entering the buildings must pass through a metal detector.


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