On September 28, 2012, the City of Lancaster filed a new tariff with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for an increase in wastewater rates applicable to customers residing outside the City limits. The City of Lancaster has requested an overall rate increase of $551,609 per year or 58.6%.
The last time the City requested the PUC to increase wastewater rates was in 2004. The new wastewater rates are necessary to recover increased costs to provide wastewater service and are scheduled to become effective on November 27, 2012.
The quarterly bill for an average residential customer will increase $25.02, from $38.03 to $63.05 per quarter, or an increase of about 83 cents per day. The quarterly bill for an average commercial customer will increase $279.86, from $495.14 to $775.00 per quarter. The quarterly bill for an average industrial customer will increase $293.95, from $523.82 to $817.77 per quarter. The City has previously raised wastewater rates for customers residing within the City.
Questions regarding the wastewater rate increase can be directed to City Business Administrator Patrick Hopkins at (717) 291-3556.