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PENNSYLVANIA GAS AND WATER COMPANY:

 WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PPUC) has approved a settlement and petition for reconsideration relating to a conditional water rate increase approved for Pennsylvania Gas and Water Company (PG&W) customers in its Scranton water rate area.
 Among other matters, the settlement provides that the tax effect be considered in determining the funds to be spent on water system improvements, the Hollister Reservoir remain in rate base, and the company withdraw its appeal of the original PPUC decision.
 The settlement specifies that PG&W spend $2,504,778 instead of the entire $4,968,000 rate increase for additional distribution system improvements in its Scranton Water service area (to reflect the effect of taxes). This amount is in addition to previous levels of expenditures by PG&W on distribution system improvements. The settlement also permits PG&W to keep the Hollister Reservoir in Covington Township in rate base with no change in the approved annual revenue increase. The company will evaluate its use of and plans for the reservoir.
 PG&W had originally requested $9,858,000 in additional annual revenues and was granted $4,968,000 on June 25 of this year conditional to PG&W dedicating
the entire amount to distribution system improvements. PG&W later appealed that requirement and other provisions of the decision to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. The increase affects about 56,000 customers in PG&W's Scranton Water Rate Area, essentially Lackawanna County.
 Under the new rates, which have been in effect since June 23rd, the bill for typical residential customer receiving filtered water and using 4,897 gallons of water increased from $28 to $31.60 per month or by 12.9 percent.
 Since 1986, PG&W 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 September 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 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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