Prepared and filed by St Ives Burrups

Washington, D.C. 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) August 31, 2004


(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware   0-18516   51-0002090

(State or other jurisdiction of
File Number)
  (IRS Employer Identification No.)

664 Churchmans Road, Newark, Delaware   19702

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:                302-453-6900          

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

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Item 8.01      Other Events.

On August 31, 2004, Artesian Water Company, Inc. (Artesian Water), the principal subsidiary of Artesian Resources Corporation, received approval from the Delaware Public Service Commission to implement revised temporary rates to provide for an overall increase in revenue of 15.0%, or approximately $5.5 million, on an annualized basis. These rates provide for an additional increase of approximately 8.1%, or $3.0 million, on an annualized basis, over the temporary rates in effect since April 6, 2004. These temporary rates are all related to the petition filed by Artesian Water on February 5, 2004 to implement new rates to meet a requested increase in revenues of 24.2%, or approximately $8.8 million on an annualized basis (the “Rate Increase Petition”). While the Rate Increase Petition is pending with the Delaware Public Service Commission, we are permitted to place rate increases into effect on a temporary basis. Artesian Water will place these new revised temporary rates into effect on September 7, 2004, which will remain in effect until the level of permanent rates is decided by the Delaware Public Service Commission. If this permitted temporary rate increase is determined to be in excess of rates that the Delaware Public Service Commission ultimately deems appropriate, Artesian Water will be required to refund the excess portion plus interest to its customers.




     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: September 2, 2004 By: /s/Dian C. Taylor
    Dian C. Taylor
President, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board