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CUC says no to SB 20-80

THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. does not support legislation that would authorize water or wastewater leak adjustments on a customer’s utility bill.

In a written comment submitted to  Sen. Sixto Igisomar, chairman of the utilities committee, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said the agency does not endorse the purpose and intent of Senate Bill  20-80 introduced by Sen. Paul A. Manglona.Gary CamachoGary Camacho

Camacho said the lost income from  water leak and subsequent wastewater assessment is not factored into CUC’s rate structure and will be an additional burden for all consumers.

“CUC is a fully independent self-funding agency that is required by…CUC’s Enabling Act to operate at full cost recovery to meet its daily expenditure obligations for providing power, water and wastewater services to every customer who has voluntarily applied to connect for our services,” Camacho said.

“CUC’s responsibility ends at the meter as its rate structure accounts for costs incurred to this point only,” he added.

Camacho said there is a billing dispute process if the customer is not satisfied with CUC’s response to the dispute.

He said this process will provide the customer either with a formal or an informal settlement of a claim that high water charges are a result of a leak which has been repaired within a reasonable time after detection.

He added that this process will also provide adequate opportunity for a customer to present evidence related to the reasonableness and fairness of a billing which includes water usage during the period of a leak. This will likewise allow the administrative hearing officer to issue an equitable decision in the matter, he added.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/103385-cuc-says-no-to-sb-20-80

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