South Bend Municipal Water

The City of South Bend is seeking a rate increase for its municipal water utility.

In testimony filed on November 17, 2017, the OUCC recommends limiting the increase to 42.4 percent, compared to the 48.8 percent increase the City is requesting.

  • If approved, the OUCC's recommendations would allow a monthly residential water bill for 700 cubic feet to rise by $4.90 for a customer within the City limits, and by $5.58 for a customer outside the City limits.
  • Only South Bend's water rates are at issue in this case. Municipal sewer utilities are exempt from IURC oversight, with their rates set by elected city and town councils.
  • Five OUCC witnesses have filed testimony:

The full case file, including the City's petition and testimony (Horvath and Walsh), is available by clicking here and entering cause number 44951.

All hearings in the case have concluded. The parties are scheduled to make their final filings in the next few weeks:

  • January 19, 2018: City proposed order due
  • February 9, 2018: OUCC proposed order due
  • February 23, 2018: City reply brief due

An IURC public field hearing was held in South Bend on October 24, 2017. The OUCC issued an October 10, 2017 news release to invite consumer comments.

The OUCC's website includes an overview of the rate case process and a guide for providing public input. This page will be updated based on future case developments.