PA American Water Hearings
SPEAK OUT ON PENNSYLVANIA AMERICAN'S RATE HIKE
Hearing at Stroudsburg High
by David Pierce
Pocono Record - July 19, 2013
Pennsylvania American's 13,000 Poconos customers won't have to travel far next month to air their views on a proposed water rate hike of nearly 12 percent.
One of seven Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission hearings on the proposed rate changes will take place August 6th at the Stroudsburg High School auditorium on West Main Street. The hearing begins at 6:30pm.
The private utility seeks a 10% hike in revenues - an additional $58.6 million - from its 2.2 million customers statewide.
Pennsylvania American's local territory includes Mount Pocono, part of Coolbaugh Township, the village of Tobyhanna, and portions of Smithfields and Stroud Township. It has customers in Saw Creek Estates, Blue Mountain Lake, Rustic Acres, Pine Ridge and Country Club of the Poconos. There are Pike County customers in Lehman, Delaware and Westfall townships.
A typical residential customer in Monroe or Pike County would see water rates rise by 11.7 % - from $630 to about $703 annually.
A typical residential customer uses 47,520 gallons of water per year.
It would be a completely different story for Poconos sewer customers, whose bills would decrease from $612 to $571 per year. That's because local sewage systems were added fairly recently to the Pennsylvania American system, company spokesman Terry Maenza said.
The company kept the pre-existing sewer rates in place but now seeks to standardize the rates for all sewer customers statewide.
Testimony at the hearing will become part of the record on which the PUC will rule on the rate requests.
The PUC suggests that those who testify prepare their remarks beforehand and bring copies to the hearing. Two copies of any written statement should be provided to the court reported transcribing the hearing and other copies should be provided to other parties in the case. Those who testify might be questioned about their positions.