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Aqua North Carolina, the state’s largest private water utility, is asking state regulators for a hefty rate increase for the second time in three years.

The move has riled homeowners who already pay Aqua about $100 for typical monthly usage, twice as much as residents of Raleigh, Charlotte and other municipal utility departments. Aqua is asking for 20.4 percent more for water service and 16.4 percent more for sewer service, which would add $13 to monthly bills. In 2009 those fees went up 12.5 percent and 29.7 percent.

This time, homeowners are organizing and plan to stage a rally outside the N.C. Utilities Commission office in Raleigh the day of the public hearing on the rates. The hearing date has not yet been set but could draw protesters from much of the state.

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