Public hearing set for water rate increase request

EAST FALLOWFIELD — A public hearing will be held on Pennsylvania American Water Co.’s request to change water and wastewater rates for Coatesville area customers.

The hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the East Fallowfield Township Building.

In addition, state Sen. Andrew Dinniman, D-19th of West Whiteland, said he has partnered with the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate to hold a special information session prior to the hearing at 12:30 p.m. at the same location.

“The Public Utility rate-making process can be very complicated and confusing,” Dinniman said. “Residents deserve to know exactly how their service and their bills will be affected.”

His office called for the hearing and has organized the information session so customers can better understand the proposed changes. Dinniman said the information session will better prepare residents who would like to make statements at the public hearing.

Pennsylvania-American Water recently filed a request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, or PUC, to increase water rates for greater Coatesville area customers by 11.6 percent.

Under the proposed new rates, the water bill for the typical residential customer using 3,960 gallons per month would increase from $52.51 per month to $58.63. That is an annual increase of $73.44 aside from any applicable surcharges.

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