In April of this year, PWSA submitted a $32.2 million increase in revenue, or a 17.2 percent increase in rates over the course of two years to the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Comission (PUC). This proposed amount includes the addition of a new stormwater fee and new enhancements to customer assistance programs.
This rate request comes on the heels of a historically productive year for PWSA. With an investment of $122 million in capital improvements, the Authority is renewing critical water infrastructure, replacing lead service lines and aging water mains, constructing stormwater infrastructure, and rehabilitating sewer pipes that are a century old. The stormwater fee that is part of the proposed rates would provide a dedicated funding source to improve stormwater management, build innovative stormwater infrastructure, reduce sewer overflows, and lessen the amount of pollution entering our rivers and streams.
The PUC will use community feedback collected at the input hearings to make their final determination on the level of rate increase they will grant PWSA. The PUC review process can take up to nine months with the Commission considering the request in early 2022. More information about the rate filing is available at Pgh2o.com/ourwaterfuture.
The public input hearings will be held telephonically and will take place on the following dates and times:
- Monday, June 28, 2021 at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM
- Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM
- Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM
You do not need to be an expert to testify. Any testimony, whether supporting or opposing the Authority’s request, can be helpful to the PUC’s investigation. All testimony given under oath becomes part of the official rate case record.
To testify at these hearings, you must register by no later than June 25, 2021 at noon using one of the following options:
- Contact the Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA) at 1-800-684-6560 to provide your name, telephone number, and the topic of your testimony.
- Visit PWSA’s website at Pgh2o.com/news-events/events-meetings, choose the public input hearing and complete the registration form.
If you wish to only listen to the public input hearings, you may use the PWSA link above at any time to join or you can simply dial-in using the following call-in information:
Conference Number: +1 (312) 626-6799
Meeting ID: 897 5883 3506
For more information visit PWSA’s website at