HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today alerted Central Pennsylvania residents of a location change for a hearing to gather public input on a rate increase request filed by Pennsylvania-American Water Company (PAWC).
On Thursday, July 27, the PUC’s Office of Administrative Law Judge (OALJ) will conduct a hearing at the following time and location:
New Cumberland Fire Department
319 Fourth Street
New Cumberland PA 17070
*Note: This hearing had originally been scheduled for Camp Hill.
Additionally, the PUC reminded concerned parties about an upcoming “Smart Hearing,” also scheduled for July 27:
1:00 p.m. (Smart Hearing)
Commonwealth Keystone Building
Hearing Room 1
400 North St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120
The Smart Hearing will be broadcast live on the PUC website and allows witnesses to offer comments by telephone, from the convenience of their homes or other locations, to be considered as part of the Commission’s review.
Overall, the PUC is in the process of conducting nine public input hearings on PAWC’s requested rate increase. Hearings have already been held in Pittsburgh, Uniontown and Washington, PA. Upcoming hearings will be held in Wilkes-Barre, East Stroudsburg, East Fallowfield and Reading during early August.
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 PAWC application, along with other documents that are part of the PUC public docket for this case, are available on the PUC website. PAWC provides water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.3 million Pennsylvania residents.
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.
Understand that parties in the case may want to ask you a question to clarify something you said.
When testifying by telephone, speak slowly and clearly so that the judge, court reporter, and those people watching the hearing can understand your testimony.
If using a cell phone, be sure you are in a safe location with a good signal so your call can be heard clearly.
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Docket No.: R-2017-2595853