The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted to investigate proposed water and wastewater rate increases by Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. and Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater Inc. The commission voted unanimously to investigate the request.
The decision means that Aqua Pennsylvania’s revenue and rate increase requests are suspended for up to seven months from the time the rate would have otherwise become effective. The company’s requested effective date was Oct. 16, 2018. A final decision by the Public Utility Commission is due by May 16, 2019, writes Donna Rovins in The Pottstown Mercury.
The PUC order means the rate case will be assigned to the Office of Administrative Law Judge for evidentiary hearings and issuance of recommended decisions of settlements.
Following completion of the hearing process, a recommendation by the Administrative Law Judge will then be made to the Public Utility Commission for a vote and final decision by the commissioners.
After examining the evidence, the commission may approve all, none, or a portion of the request.
“Aqua Pennsylvania respects the thorough process the PUC is moving through as part of our efforts to recover the investments we have made for customers throughout the state over the last seven years. We look forward to their final decision once their investigation has concluded,” company spokeswoman Stacey Hajdak said on Friday.