PUC to Investigate Rate Increase Requests by PA-American Water Co. & PA-American Water Co. Wastewater Division

Pennsylvania American Water

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) this week voted to suspend and investigate rate increase requests by Pennsylvania- American Water Company (PAWC) and PAWC’s Wastewater Division (PAWC-WD).

The Commission voted 4-0 to investigate PAWC’s requests for multi-year rate increases in its water and wastewater rates.

For water service, PAWC proposes to increase total annual operating revenues by approximately $80.1 million (12.5%) for rates effective Jan. 1, 2021, and by approximately $41.7 million (5.8%) for rates effective Jan. 1, 2022.

For its wastewater division, PAWC proposes to increase total annual operating revenues by approximately $12.3 million (16.9%) for rates effective Jan. 1, 2021, and by approximately $4.5 million (5.4%) for rates effective Jan. 1, 2022.

The requests are suspended for up to seven months from the time the rates would otherwise have become effective, and will be assigned to the Office of Administrative Law Judge for corresponding proceedings and the issuance of a recommended decision. Final decisions by the Commission are due by Jan. 28, 2021. More information on the ratemaking process is available on the PUC’s website.

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PAWC and PAWC-WD presently provides water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.3 million people in 37 counties across Pennsylvania.

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