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PG&W GRANTED CONDITIONAL RATE INCREASE

 WILKES-BARRE, Pa., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Gas and Water Company (PG&W) has been granted a $4,968,000 rate increase by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PPUC) conditional on PG&W dedicating the entire increase to improving its distribution system.
 PG&W had originally requested $9,858,000 in additional annual revenues. The increase affects about 56,000 customers in PG&W's Scranton Water Rate Area, essentially Lackawanna County.
 Under the new rates, which were effective as of June 23, the bill for a typical residential customer receiving filtered water and using 4,897 gallons of water will increase from $28 to $31.60 per month or by 12.9 percent.
 PG&W officials expressed surprise at the conditions imposed on the use of the increase, noting that in addition to the completion of four new Lackawanna County Water Filter Plants only two years ago, PG&W has been pursuing a comprehensive water system improvement program which has involved significant expenditures on water distribution system improvements.
 Since 1986, the company has constructed seven filtration plants -- four in Lackawanna County and three in Luzerne County at a combined cost of more than $110 million. Currently, the Watres Water Treatment Plant is under construction in Luzerne County and is scheduled for completion by October of 1993. Upon completion of this filter plant, PG&W will be providing fully filtered and treated water to all of its water customers.
 PG&W provides water service to approximately 131,000 customers in four counties and natural gas service to approximately 135,000 customers in 10 counties in northeastern Pennsylvania and is the principal subsidiary of Pennsylvania Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENT).
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 /CONTACT: Juneann Greco of Pennsylvania Enterprises, 717-829-8825/
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