Carolina Water Service is seeking to nearly double homeowner bills for water and raise the cost of sewer service significantly.
The privately-owned utility is asking state officials for permission to raise rates to pay for what it says is rising costs of operation, complying with environmental standards and improving its facilities.
Its request would raise the typical monthly homeowner bill from $36 to $65 for water and from $39 to $44 for sewer, according to estimates from state officials. Those raises are 82 percent for water and 14 percent for sewer.
The fate of its request is pending at the state Public Service Commission, which has until mid-October to decide on it.
Carolina Water Service has about 11,000 customers in the Ballentine, Lexington and Oak Grove areas as well as another 7,600 in other parts of the state.