Delloso urges Public Utility Commission to reject Aqua Pennsylvania’s proposed rate increase

RIDLEY PARK, Aug. 30 – State Rep. Dave Delloso, D-Delaware, submitted a public comment regarding Aqua Pennsylvania’s attempt to increase their water and sewer rates, explaining the increase would create serious financial hardships for many who are already struggling.

“People are only now beginning to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 on their lives, catching up on their mortgage, rent, utility bills and other life necessities,” Delloso said. “Add in the county’s reassessment of property, people cannot afford yet another rate increase on their already stretched budgets. This would be too much of a hardship on working families and seniors living on fixed incomes, and should not move forward.”

Aqua provides water and wastewater services to more than 490,000 Pennsylvanians, mostly in Philadelphia’s collar counties. Their proposed rate increase would raise nearly half a million people’s water bills by 17% and sewer bills by 33%.

Delloso said Aqua raised its rates on customers just two years ago, so another rate increase, especially at this time, is not reasonable. He strongly urged the PUC to reject Aqua’s request for an increase and encouraged Aqua customers to voice their concerns by sending a letter to the PUC, as well, at P.O. Box 3265, Harrisburg, PA 17105.

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