The base rate for Aqua Virginia’s 2,300 Botetourt water customers probably won’t change, but the State Corporation Commission (SCC) still has to sign off on the agreement that leaves those rates alone— at least for now.

An SCC judge held two hearings Tuesday at Lord Botetourt High School where local customers had the opportunity to offer testimony about the proposed rate increases for the two different Aqua Virginia rate zones in Botetourt, and a proposed new infrastructure charge the company applied for.

The hearings were after deadline for The Herald, but County Administrator Gary Larrowe and County Attorney Michael Lockaby noted that the Botetourt Board of Supervisors’ intervention in the proposed rate increases— and the opposition from five other communities served by Aqua Virginia and the Virginia Attorney General’s office— resulted in an April 24 settlement over…

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