Pittsburgh, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved a joint settlement that will establish new water and wastewater conveyance rates and tariffs. Approval of the settlement is an important milestone for PWSA as it evolves into a PUC-regulated utility.
Under the terms of the settlement, an average residential customer using 3,000 gallons of water per month will see their combined water and sewer bill increase by about $8.87 (or 14 percent) per month. The new rates will be effective February 2019.
In addition to the new rates, PWSA’s bill discount program for income-eligible households will be enhanced to provide a 75% reduction in monthly minimum charges. This results in a discount of $26.66 per month for the average residential water and sewer customer.
“We want to thank the Commission and the intervening parties for their willingness to work with PWSA to reach an agreeable settlement that considers our most vulnerable customers, while also providing the investments needed to be the water, sewer, and stormwater utility Pittsburgh expects and deserves,” said Robert A. Weimar, Executive Director of PWSA. “Our new rates will help us continue to replace lead lines and improve our critical water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure.”
In total, the settlement increases PWSA’s annual revenue by $21 million – some 22% less than PWSA’s original $27 million request to the PUC. The settlement also commits PWSA to use any amount of the rate increase that is not spent in 2019 to finance future infrastructure improvements or to mitigate future needed rate increases.
The active parties to the settlement were the PUC’s Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement, the Office of Consumer Advocate, the Office of Small Business Advocate and Pittsburgh United. In addition to new rates, the settlement includes various reporting commitments as well as establish advisory committees related to customer assistance and lead in water initiatives.
The Public Utility Commission's press release can be found here.