Pittsburgh water rates could increase nearly 60% over next 3 years

(UI) — In order to continue funding its plans for infrastructure upgrades, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has submitted a request to state regulators for a rate increase of over 60% over the upcoming three years.

If accepted as written, a typical residential customer's monthly payment would rise by roughly 20% (from $86.43 to $103.41) in 2024. The cost would increase by roughly 20% to $123.55 in 2025. And it would increase by 18% the next year, reaching $146.12 in total.

Finding out what the real rate rise will be will probably take more than a year.

Such files are normally suspended by the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission, who also opens an inquiry. In the end, the commissioners often authorize a lesser increase than what was proposed after hearing from customers and other interested parties, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The most recent rate increase for PWSA was 33% less than what the firm had first planned and took effect in January 2022 with a further rise in 2023. The PWSA implemented a new stormwater tax in 2022 that is calculated depending on the area of paved surfaces on a property.

In the current request, PWSA also suggests giving homeowners who have rain barrels a $40 one-time credit.

This story was originally reported and published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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