In “Water firm seeks rate hike” [News, May 17], New York American Water is seeking an 8.3 percent rate increase. Is it a coincidence that this request comes shortly after the Water Authority of South Eastern Nassau County dissolved itself? I had been reviewing the possible public takeover of this company.

In the hearings conducted by the now-defunct water authority, it was determined that the average American Water customer paid $447 a year, and if it was operated as a public entity, the bill would only be reduced to $357.

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Who pays the salaries of the firm’s officers? I’m sure they are higher than public sector salaries. We should join the majority of the rest of the country, which has public water providers.

Alan Newman, Bellmore