The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is investigating a request by York Water that would increase customer bills for both water and wastewater services.

In May, the company asked the PUC for an overall 16.8 percent increase in water rates of $7.1 million per year and an increase in wastewater rates for the Asbury Pointe Subdivision in East Manchester Township.

Residential water customers would pay an additional $5.69 per month, commercial water customers would pay an additional $20.90 per month, industrial water customers would pay an additional $142.71 per month, and Asbury Pointe wastewater customers would pay an additional $10 per month, according to York Water CEO Jeff Hines.

York Water serves about 58,500 total customers in York and Adams counties.

The PUC on Tuesday voted 5-0 to investigate the request for those rate increases. The request is suspended for up to seven months and will be assigned to the Office of Administrative Law Judge for a recommended decision, according to a PUC press release.

The investigation is a standard procedure in the PUC's ratemaking process, according to its website.

York Water asked the PUC for the rate increase to cover the $49 million investment the company has made in its local infrastructure since its last rate increase in 2010, Hines said.

Capital investments to York Water's infrastructure have updated aging water mains, provided redundancy for water and wastewater systems in case of emergencies, increased water quality and operational efficiency, expansion and improvements of the water and wastewater treatment plants, and replaced and upgraded other structures, including the company's water supply dams, he said.


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Costs covered in the rate filing include replacement charges for more than 30 miles of aging pipeline, Hines said.

The rate increase would also cover personnel expenses, depreciation and increases in normal operations and maintenance expenses, he said.

- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.