DR 98-128 CENTRAL WATER COMPANY, INC. Petition for Rate Increase Order Suspending Proposed Permanent Rate Schedule and Notice of Prehearing Conference O R D E R N O. 23,045 October 27, 1998 Central Water Company Inc. (Central or the Petitioner), filed with the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (Commission) on September 25, 1998 proposed rate schedules and supporting documentation which, if approved, would result in an increase of approximately 32.15% or a total annual increase in revenue of approximately $84,681, for the 625 customers at the Locke Lake Development in Barnstead, New Hampshire. Central stated in its prefiled testimony that it is not seeking temporary rates in this proceeding. The filing raises, inter alia, issues related to consumption trends, operation and maintenance expenses, capital structure, rate base additions, management contract allocations and rate case expenses, all of which require a thorough investigation. Based on the foregoing, it is hereby ORDERED, that Central's NHPUC No.4 Water, Fourth Revised Page 16 is hereby suspended; and it is FURTHER ORDERED, that a Prehearing Conference be held before the Commission located at 8 Old Suncook Road, Concord, New Hampshire on November 13, 1998 10:00 a.m. at which each party will provide a preliminary summary of its position with regard to the Petition. Absent objection five days before the prehearing, the Prehearing Conference will be recorded on tape rather than by a stenographer; and it is FURTHER ORDERED, that, immediately following the Prehearing Conference, Central, the Staff of the Commission and the Intervenors hold a First Technical Session to review the Petition and allow the Petitioner to provide any updates or amendments to its filing; and it is FURTHER ORDERED, that the parties discuss the following proposed schedule prior to the prehearing conference: Responses to Oral Data November 20, 1998 Requests Propounded at the 1st Technical Session First set of Data Requests to December 3, 1998 Company from Staff and Intervenors Company Data Responses December 10, 1998 Second set of Data Requests December 17, 1998 Company Data Response December 30, 1998 Testimony by Staff and January 21, 1999 Intervenors Data Requests to Staff and January 29, 1999 Intervenors Data Responses by Staff and February 4, 1999 Intervenors Settlement Conference February 18, 1999 Filing of Settlement February 25, 1999 Agreement, if any Hearing March 2, 1999; Unless otherwise ordered following the prehearing conference, the above schedule shall be adopted; and it is FURTHER ORDERED, that pursuant to N.H. Admin. Rules Puc 203.01, Central notify all persons desiring to be heard at this hearing by publishing a copy of this Order no later than November 6, 1998, in a newspaper of general circulation in that portion of the state in which operations are conducted, publication to be documented by affidavit filed with the Commission on or before November 13, 1998; and it is FURTHER ORDERED, that Central serve a summary of its proposed rate change and a copy of this Order of Notice in accordance with N.H. Admin. Rules Puc 1601.05(j), on current and known prospective customers and the Barnstead Town Clerk by first class U.S. Mail, postmarked no later than November 6, 1998; and it is FURTHER ORDERED, that pursuant to N.H. Admin. Rules Puc 203.02, any party seeking to intervene in the proceeding shall submit to the Commission an original and eight copies of a Petition to Intervene with copies sent to Central and the Office of the Consumer Advocate on or before November 10, 1998, such Petition stating the facts demonstrating how its rights, duties, privileges, immunities or other substantial interests may be affected by the proceeding, as required by N.H. Admin. Rule Puc 203.02 (a)(2); and it is FURTHER ORDERED, that any party objecting to a Petition to Intervene file said Objection on or before November 13, 1998. By order of the Public Utilities Commission of New Hampshire this twenty-seventh day of October, 1998. Douglas L. Patch Susan S. Geiger Nancy Brockway Chairman Commissioner Commissioner Attested by: Thomas B. Getz Executive Director and Secretary Any individuals needing assistance or auxiliary communication aids due to sensory impairment or other disability, should contact the American with Disabilities Act Coordinator, NHPUC, 8 Old Suncook Road, Concord, New Hampshire 03301-7319; 603-271-2431; TDD Access: Relay N.H. 1-800-735-2964. Preferably, notification of the need for assistance should be made one week before the scheduled event.