STATE—Public input hearings will take place at various locations this week to discuss a potential water and wastewater rate increase for customers receiving water services from Aqua Pennsylvania.

As earlier reported, Aqua Pennsylvania requested the rate increases in August, expecting to begin charging at the adjusted rate in October.

Under the proposed increase, customers using 4,080 gallons per month would see their bills jump from $59.85 to $69.07 per month, an increase of $9.22.

A full breakdown of the rater requested for both water and wastewater services is available on Aqua PA's website, www.AquaAmerica.com, under “Original Tariff Water – PA P.U.C. No. 2” and “Original Tariff Sewer – PA P.U.C. No. 2.”

Customers can also call Aqua PA at 1-877-987-2782 to inquire about their rate change.

The Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is investigating the request, suspending its potential initialization to May 16, 2019.

Aqua Pennsylvania estimates the increase will raise their revenue by $71.8 million.

Customers can speak at one of seven hearings held across the Commonwealth this week:

• Friday, November 16, 10:00 a.m. – Commonwealth Keystone Building Hearing Room 1, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

Friday's hearing in Harrisburg can be attended in person or by telephone.

Those wishing to participate by telephone must contact the Office of Administrative Law Judge at 717-787-1399 by 3:45 p.m. on November 15.

The November 16 hearing will also be live-streamed online at http://www.puc.state.pa.us/about_puc/live_streaming_video.aspx.