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Hello Governor Scott are you there?  I did see you recently on TV dancing on a cruise liner.  While you are doing the jig the jig is up for thousands of Floridians.  The Florida Public Service Commissioners has allowed the water/sewer utility,  Aqua Utilities to raise it’s rates to a point where folks don’t flush their toilets or water their lawns.  They can’t sell their homes or fill their rental proprieties, that Aqua services.  Governor you are either ignoring our plight or my five emails that I sent describing it did not get through to you.
In several states where their PSC has held the line on Aqua’s request for increases the utility left those states to find greener territories like Florida.  The last increase allowed was over $2 million.  This will help Aqua, a company worth $1 billion, off set financial problems that they are experiencing in other states.  They certainly are not spending money in Florida to clear up the many quality problems that they have here.  Governor you have the authority to remove these commissioners. They may have nice jobs in mind when their terms are up, at the expense of Florida’s voters.  They don’t have to worry about getting votes but you do.
You can give a quick boost to the economy by requesting that the PSC roll back Aqua’s rate increases to an average of what is charged by public utilities around the state.  May be the utility may leave the state.  Than we can all do the jig.
Charles Tanner
9027 Lake Point Blvd.
Lake Wales, Fl, 33898


Tanner, cites that Aqua America is leaving Maine and New York

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Water Bill For Mother and Daughter $289.00 a month.

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Patricia Minor Lakeland Hearing


Pasco county customer hearing is set for Tuesday in New Port Richey and Wednesday in Lakeland

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I am one of the thousands of Florida residents who has become a victim of Aqua Utility’s outrageous water-use charges and a condemnable service record, supposedly under the scrutiny of the Public Service Commission.

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LAKELAND | U.S. Senator Bill Nelson has jumped into the debate over Aqua Utilities’ proposed rate increase that is pending before the Florida Public Service Commission.

Nelson complained about the rate increase in a March 21 letter to PSC Chairman Art Graham.

Aqua, whose 117,000 Florida water and sewer customers include residents in six Polk County subdivisions, stretching from the outskirts of Lakeland to east of Lake Wales, has been at the center of controversy in recent years over a series of rate increase requests.

Residents have complained the rates are unjustified and unaffordable and have criticized Aqua’s documented poor customer service record.

“I urge you to carefully consider the harmful affect any further rate hikes right now would likely have on Florida consumers and deny, delay or minimize the request,” Nelson’s letter said.

Frustrated Aqua customers have called on elected officials at all levels of government to try to intervene in Aqua’s rate increase requests, which have been occurring regularly since 2009.

The decision rests with the PSC.

Nelson’s request is similar to a resolution approved last November by the Polk County Commission asking PSC members to delay or reduce the rate increase.

PSC officials held a public meeting last year in Lakeland to hear from customers about the rate increase.

PSC members will formally consider Aqua’s request at a hearing May 24 in Tallahassee.


Well another very sad day for Polk County residents.

There was a fire at 5715 Poinciana over 3weeks ago.  What a surprise for the fire department –  no water!!!!

The fire hydrants aren’t working at these street locations and are tagged as not working by Aqua.

Are there more???
#1 Platt & Jacaranda (broke)
#2 Poinciana & Byrd (broke)

Questions for my County Commissioners/ Polk County Fire/ South Florida Water Management District
Who does these inspections?
Who checks on our safety?
How could this happen?
How long have they been out?
How many still don’t work in the Aqua area.

Why would it take so long to get corrected?

Must somebody die because Aqua is getting a free skate?


Polk County customers of Aqua Utilities Florida are wondering just how much they may have to pay for water in the future if rate increases keep coming their way.

The latest increase at the end of October translates to the average water customer paying $1 to $5 more a month and about an extra dollar a month for sewer customers.

That’s small change when compared to the $24 to $44 increases they saw earlier in 2009. Aqua customers’ rates doubled, and in some cases tripled, in April.

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