Public can comment on proposed water tariff increase – Daily Local

WEST CHESTER – Residents interested in formally weighing in on Aqua Pennsylvania’s plans to increase water and wastewater tariffs have until 4 p.m. Friday, November 5 to register to participate in a series of ‘Public Entrance Telephone Hearings scheduled by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Telephone hearings are scheduled for the following dates and times:

  • Monday, November 8, 2021 – The hearing will begin at 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – Hearings will begin at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 10, 2021 – Hearings will begin at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Friday, November 12, 2021 – The hearing will begin at 1 p.m.

PUC Administrative Law Judge Mary D. Long will preside over the hearings.

Aqua Pennsylvania’s proposed rate increase would increase average monthly residential water bills by up to 17% and average monthly wastewater bills by almost 33%. According to the proposals, the average monthly bill for a residential customer using 4,000 gallons of water per month would increase by $ 11.97, from $ 69.35 to $ 81.32. The average monthly bill for a residential wastewater customer would increase by $ 18.44 (33.2%), from $ 55.51 to $ 73.95.

Those interested in participating in the hearings should register by email or phone in advance to submit public comments. To pre-register by e-mail: [email protected], To pre-register by phone, call 412-565-3550 and leave a message, indicate your first and last name as well as a telephone number to which you can be reached as well as the date and time you wish to testify.

If you would like to submit written public comments, you can write a letter or complete the suggested comment form and send it to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, PO Box 3265, Harrisburg, PA 17105.

State Senator Carolyn Comitta has previously written to the PUC to oppose the increases, urging affected residents and families to register for the hearings and have their voices heard. She plans to testify at the public hearing on November 9.

Aqua Water provides water service to approximately 434,264 customers in parts of more than 200 municipalities in 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Aqua Wastewater provides wastewater treatment service to approximately 40,284 customers in parts of more than 40 municipalities in 15 counties in Pennsylvania. Collectively, the two companies serve nearly 1.5 million people across the Commonwealth, many in Chester County and southeastern Pennsylvania.

Aqua Pennsylvania’s latest rate increase was filed in 2018 and took effect in 2019. This resulted in an almost 10% increase in average water customers and average wastewater customers an increase of nearly by 35%.

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