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PUC Schedules Public Input Hearings for Rate Increase Request by Pennsylvania-American Water Company; Includes July 27 Smart Hearing

July 11, 2017

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today announced the scheduling of nine hearings in late July and early August to gather public input on a rate increase request (R-2017-2595853) filed by Pennsylvania-American Water Company (PAWC).

The list of hearings includes a “Smart Hearing” on Thursday, July 27, in Harrisburg.  PUC Smart Hearings are broadcast live on the PUC website and allow witnesses to offer their comments by telephone, from the convenience of their homes or other locations, to be considered as part of the Commission’s review.  Smart Hearings also enable residents and concerned parties throughout Pennsylvania to see and hear the testimony being offered without the need to attend the hearings in person.

In-person hearings, conducted by the PUC’s Office of Administrative Law Judge, will be held at the following locations and times:

Monday, July 24, 2017 – 1 p.m.
Washington County Building
100 W. Beau St., Room 103
Washington, PA  15301

Monday, July 24, 2017 – 6 p.m.
Getaway Cafe
3049 Sussex Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA  15226

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 – 1 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
555 Synergy Drive
Uniontown, PA  15401

Thursday, July 27, 2017 – 1 p.m.
Commonwealth Keystone Building
Hearing Room 1
400 North St.
Harrisburg, PA  17120

Thursday, July 27, 2017 – 6 p.m.
Camp Hill Fire Department
2198 Walnut St.
Camp Hill, PA  17011

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 – 1 p.m.
King’s College
Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center – Snyder Room
133 N. Franklin St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA  18711

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 – 6 p.m.
East Stroudsburg University
The Innovation Center – Room 336
562 Independence Road
East Stroudsburg, PA  18301

Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 – 1 p.m.
East Fallowfield Township Building
2264 Strasburg Road
East Fallowfield, PA  19320

Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 – 6 p.m.
The Inn at Reading
1040 Park Road
Wyomissing, PA  19610

Rate Increase Request

Under the request submitted by PAWC, the average residential customer using 3,630 gallons per month would see a monthly increase of $9.49 from $55.63 to $65.12 per month.  The application filed by PAWC, along with other documents that are part of the PUC public docket for this case, are available on the PUC website.  PAWC presently provides water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.3 million people in Pennsylvania.

More information on the ratemaking process is available on the Commission’s website.

Offering Comment at a Hearing

Members of the public are welcome to attend the hearings and provide comments. Their testimony will become part of the record on which the PUC will issue its final decision.

The PUC and Office of Consumer Advocate offer tips on how to participate, including:

• Prepare what you are going to say beforehand.  Even though it is not required, you may want to write out your statement, which can be read.

• Bring copies if you are attending an in-person hearing.  If you have a written statement you would like to give to the judge, please bring two copies for the court reporter and several copies for the other participants.

• Plan to be questioned.  Parties in the case may want to ask you a question to clarify something you said.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities; ensures safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protects the public interest; educates consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; furthers economic development; and fosters new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.

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Docket No.:   R-2017-2595853


Contact:David Hixson
Deputy Press Secretary

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Press Office
P.O. Box 3265, Harrisburg, PA 17105-3265
(717) 787-5722 FAX (717) 787-4193

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