West Virginia American Water is asking state regulators to allow it to give some low-income customers a rate discount through a state program.
The company filed a petition Thursday with the Public Service Commission seeking approval of a 20 percent rate discount. It says electric and gas utilities, along with private water utilities, already participate in the discounted rate program administered by the Department of Health and Human Resources.
If approved, the discount would be given to customers who receive Social Security Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families-Unemployed Parent Program or aid from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program if they are 60 or older.
West Virginia American Water says it would be reimbursed with a credit toward its state business and occupation tax.
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