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PWSA Participates in Public Utility Commission Public Hearings on Tariff
Authority encourages customers to provide input on proposed rate changes
Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) will join the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to hear public comment on PWSA’s request to increase its rates for water and wastewater service. In July of 2018, PWSA filed a request with the PUC seeking an increase to its water and wastewater total annual operating revenue of approximately $27 million per year, as of March 31, 2019. If the Authority’s entire request is approved, the average water and sewer bill for a typical residential customer using 3,000 gallons per month would increase from $63.62 to $74.23, or by 16.7%. 
 
 
PWSA was officially placed under PUC oversight in April of 2018 with respect to customer service, operational performance, and ratemaking, making it the first municipal authority to be regulated by the PUC.
 
 
Members of the public are welcome to attend these hearings and provide comment for the public record. These hearings are an opportunity for customers to present their views on the Authority’s proposed rate increase to the presiding PUC Administrative Law Judge, PWSA representatives, and other parties in the case. You do not have to be an expert to testify. Any testimony given, whether supporting or opposing the Authority’s request, can be helpful when the PUC investigates the Authority’s proposal and makes a final determination on the rate change. All testimony given under oath becomes part of the official rate case record.

Public input hearings are scheduled for the following dates, times, and locations:
 
 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. AND 7:00 p.m.
Allegheny Center Alliance Church
250 E. Ohio Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
 
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Kingsley Community Center
6435 Frankstown Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
 
 
Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Jeron X. Grayson Community Center
1852 Enoch Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
 

If you are a person with a disability, and you wish to attend the hearings, the Commission's scheduling office may be able to make arrangements for your special needs. Please call the Commission's scheduling office at least five (5) business days prior to the hearing to submit your request.
 

If you require an interpreter to participate in the hearings, the Commission will make every reasonable effort to have an interpreter present. Please call the Commission's scheduling office at least ten (10) business days prior to the hearings to submit your request.
 
 
  • Public Utility Commission Scheduling Office: 717.787.1399
  • AT&T Relay Service is available for persons who are deaf or hearing impaired: 1.800.654.5988.    
 
 
To read more about PWSA’s rate request package, go to www.pgh2o.com/rates.
 

 

About PWSA
 
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is the largest combined water, sewer and stormwater authority in Pennsylvania, serving 300,000 consumers throughout the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.
 

 

  • Published
  • Thursday, August 23, 2018

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