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PENNSYLVANIA GAS AND WATER COMPANY SEEKS WATER RATE RELIEF IN LACKAWANNA COUNTY

 PENNSYLVANIA GAS AND WATER COMPANY SEEKS
 WATER RATE RELIEF IN LACKAWANNA COUNTY
 SCRANTON, Pa., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Gas and Water Company (PG&W) today filed a request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PPUC) to increase water rates in PG&W's Scranton Water Rate Area, essentially consisting of Lackawanna County.
 In the filing, PG&W requested $9,858,000 in additional annual revenues or approximately a 34 percent increase. The proposed increase will affect about 56,000 customers.
 PG&W officials cited the unrecovered costs of the filter plants, distribution system improvements, and operations as reasons for the request. Company officials added that the significant reduction in customer inquiries regarding water quality, as well as continued testing and monitoring, substantiate the excellent performance of the four Lackawanna County Water Filter Plants since they were placed into service over two years ago.
 PG&W further noted that the filter plants are just one part of a comprehensive water quality improvement program. Since the plants went online, PG&W has expended $3.4 million for additional system improvements including water main replacement and rehabilitation. Over the next year alone, the company will spend another $5 million on additional water distribution system improvements.
 Under the proposed increase to be effective Nov. 24, 1992, the bill for a typical metered residential customer receiving filtered water and using 4,897 gallons of water would increase from $28 to $36.73 per month or by 31.2 percent.
 Since 1986, the company has constructed six filtration plants -- four in Lackawanna County and two in Luzerne County at a combined cost of over $102 million. Currently, two new filter plants are under construction in Luzerne County, Ceasetown and Watres, which are scheduled for completion in 1993. Upon completion of these two filter plants, PG&W will be providing fully filtered and treated water to all of its water customers.
 PG&W provides water service to approximately 130,000 customers in four counties and natural gas service to approximately 132,000 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/ CO: Pennsylvania Gas and Water Company; Pennsylvania Enterprises, Inc.;
 Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ST: Pennsylvania IN: UTI SU:


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