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      Shealy urges those who don't support water rate increase to speak out at meeting

      Katrina Shealy

      COLUMBIA (WACH) â?? State Senator Katrina Shealy voiced her strong opposition to a water rate increase application filled by Carolina Water Service, Inc.

      The proposed increase would affect all or parts of neighborhoods in Gaston, Irmo, Lexington and West Columbia.

      â??These rate increases are not things I support.â?? Said Shealy in her email to the Public Service Commission of Columbia.

      Shealy encourages others who donâ??t support the rate increase to attend a Public Service meeting on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:00PM at the Public Service Commission, 101 Executive Center Dr, Columbia, SC 29211. This meeting is the last opportunity for residents to testify against the rate increases.

      To testify as a public witness before the Public Service Commission, you must print your name on the Sign-In Sheet at the meeting and indicate your wish to testify. Your testimony will be under oath and entered into the Commissionâ??s record about the rate increase. Each person will be allowed a maximum of 3 minutes for oral presentations.

      Although the Public Service Commissioners will be present to listen to testimonies, the Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits the Commissioners from answering questions.

      Shealy goes on to say that any questions about the meeting or the protocol on testifying before the Commission, please call the Public Service Commission of South Carolina at (803) 896-5100.

      Any general questions about Carolina Water Service Incâ??s desire to raise the rates and charges, please call Carolina Water Service, Inc. at 1-800-272-1919.

      Shealy also leaves her own number: (803) 530-8787.