Hearings scheduled for PAWC rate increase request
July 18, 2017
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has announced a scheduling of 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, http://www.puc.pa.gov/, 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.
The closed in-person hearing, conducted by the PUC’s Office of Administrative Law Judge, will be held on Monday, July 24, 6 p.m. at the Getaway Café, 3049 Sussex Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15226.
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, http://www.puc.pa.gov/. 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, http://www.puc.pa.gov/.
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 attending an in-person hearing. If you have a written statement you would like to give to the judge, 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.