HERSHEY PA – More than 650,000 customers statewide who rely on Pennsylvania American Water Company to supply their water and dispose of their sewage, including thousands in western Montgomery County municipalities, will see rates rise by at least 9.4 percent beginning Jan. 1 (2018), the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission said Thursday (Dec. 9, 2017).
The typical monthly residential water bill for Pennsylvania American Water customers, who use about using 3,630 gallons, will increase by $5.22 per month, from $55.63 to $60.85, the commission said. A typical waste water customer’s bill will increase $7.97, or 14 percent, from $56.96 to $64.93. It’s been four years since the publicly regulated company was last allowed to raise prices.
The increase is estimated to generate $61.85 million in new annual revenue. PA American initially asked for an increase of more than 16 percent, the commission noted.
The company reported it is spending about $1.26 billion to improve treatment plants, storage tanks, wells, and pumping stations in more than 400 communities it serves, including Royersford Borough and Lower Providence Township. It also is replacing nearly 450 miles of aging pipe, as well as valves, service lines, hydrants and other parts of its nearly 10,700-mile network of water and sewer lines.
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