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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Water Co. seeks rate increase

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    LAKE ARIEL - Pocono Waterworks Company Inc. has filed a request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to increase rates for customers served by its Water and Wastewater Divisions, according to Pocono president Joseph R. Bonamico Sr.
    The increase would go into effect, Aug. 4.
    Pocono maintains and operates seven groundwater sources in Wayne and Lackawanna counties.
    The company said its request for increase water and wastewater rates is necessary in order to cover cost increases of operating the water and wastewater facilities and to allow the company to maintain and improve service reliability.
    The increase also will allow the company to more efficiently comply with new and more stringent state and federal environmental requirements, according to a news release.
    The PUC will be investigating the rate filing and the proposed rates prior to the effective date.
    The company has requested an overall increase of $60,456 in annual water rates, or 52 percent over existing rates.
    If the company’s entire request is approved, the total bill for a residential customer not living in the company’s Pine Grove Estates service area and using 3,639 gallons of water in a month would increase from $35.39 per month to $48.87 per month, or by 38 percent.
    The total bill for a residential customer living in the Pine Grove Estates service area and using 8,125 gallons of water in a quarter would increase from $35.50 to $67.34 per quarter, or by 90 percent.
    The total bill for a commercial customer with a one-half-inch or three-fourth-inch meter and using 3,453 gallons of water in a month would increase from $54.46 per month to $80.50 per month, or by 48 percent.
    The total bill for a commercial customer with a one-inch meter and using 24,708 gallons of water in a month would increase from $142.03 per month to $242.44 per month, or by 71 percent.
    The company has requested an overall increase of $14,466 in annual wastewater rates, or 49 percent over existing rates.
    Page 2 of 2 - If the company’s entire request is approved, the total bill for a residential wastewater customer with 9,189 gallons of metered water usage in a quarter would increase from $78.00 to $119.82.
    The rates charged by the company's Water Division were last increased on Feb. 1, 2008. Rates for the Wastewater Division were last increased on Aug. 27, 2006.
    Customers can contact the Company at 570-689-4017 to get further information on the proposed increase request or to find out what actions they may take.

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