Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Ambler water rate hike to be examined

AMBLER The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted Thursday to investigate a proposed rate hike for about 3,500 customers of the Ambler water system who live outside the borough.

The nearly 40 percent increase would mean $473,088 more in yearly revenue for the borough. The water system has 6,000 customers.

"Investigation and analysis of the proposed tariff filing and the supporting data indicate that the proposed changes in rates, rules, and regulations may be unlawful, unjust, unreasonable, and contrary to the public interest," according to the commission order.

The rate-hike request will be reviewed by a commission administrative law judge, said a commission spokesman.

"I can't even understand why it's being questioned," Ambler Borough Manager Mary Aversa said. "Our rates are much more affordable than a lot of the surrounding rates."

The borough needs the additional dollars to make up for $2.5 million spent on water system maintenance, she said.

The inquiry could stall a possible increase until Nov. 16.

The proposed rate increase would raise the current quarterly water charge from $11.28 to $13.90, Aversa said. - Carolyn Davis

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