Pennsylvania American Water Customers Could Pay More

Company proposes a 17% hike on monthly residential bills

WEST NANTICOKE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - A major water company serving tens of thousands across the region want customers to shell out more money. If the company gets its way, residential monthly bills could go up 17 percent.

On Friday, Pennsylvania American Water filed an application with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. If the request goes through, customers could pay nearly $10 bucks more per bill, or $115 dollars extra a year.

As a single mother, Aleashea Howard pinches pennies to pay the bills. She's not happy to hear her monthly water tab, which already averages about $100 dollars, could go up.

"That's even worse! I'm not going to be able to afford having water in my house," Aleashea Howard of Plymouth sighs.

Pennsylvania American Water is proposing its first rate hike in four years. If the request goes through, a $55.63 bill could become $65.12 a month.

"That's a little drastic," says Steve Capie of West Nanticoke.

Since 2013, the company says its spent nearly $1.3 billion to improve old infrastructure. The proposed hike is intended to make up for it.

A company spokesperson says the upgrades to treatment plants, storage tanks and well stations are important to maintain reliable, quality water.

"Long overdue," Capie adds.

Statewide, Pennsylvania American Water provides water to roughly 650,000 households and businesses. The company serves nearly 140,000 customers in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties alone.

"Hopefully there will be a better water quality," Capie says.

Steve Capie of West Nanticoke has been a paying customer since the late 1980s. He's watched his bills increase several times over the years but can't recall one this high. Steve understands the company's money dilemma, but hopes the Public Utility Commission settles on a lower additional fee.

"Nobody wants an increase, but $10 dollars? That seems to be pretty hefty a month," he weighs in.

The company is also requesting to adjust wastewater rates.

Pennsylvania American Water wants the new rates to take affect June 27th, but it's expected to take up to nine months before an investigation into the proposal is complete.


Don't Miss

  • Road to the Olympics
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Big Game
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Hidden History
  • Best Seat In The House
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Big Game Feed The Fans
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News

Video Center