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PG&W SEEKS RATE RELIEF IN THE CRYSTAL LAKE AREA

 PG&W SEEKS RATE RELIEF IN THE CRYSTAL LAKE AREA
 WILKES-BARRE, Pa., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Gas and


Water Company (PG&W) today filed a request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PPUC) to increase water rates for PG&W customers who will be served exclusively by the Crystal Lake Water Treatment Plant in PG&W's Spring Brook rate area.
 In the filing, PG&W requested $4,442,400 in additional annual revenues.
 Approximately 5,000 customers residing in all of Fairview, Rice and Wright townships, Sugar Notch and Warrior Run boroughs, as well as parts of Hanover and Wilkes-Barre townships and Ashley Borough are included in the rate filing. PG&W is individually notifying each customer subject to the rate increase.
 PG&W officials noted that this is the first water rate increase request in the Crystal Lake service area since 1983. As reasons for the request, PG&W cited the $12 million cost of construction of the Crystal Lake Water Treatment Plant and related facilities which were required to meet federal and state safe drinking water regulations, as well as higher operating expenses incurred by the company during the 10 years since the last increase.
 The rate filing proposes that new rates be effective Aug. 29, 1992, with the bill for a typical metered residential customer receiving filtered water and using 5,418 gallons increasing from $12.32 to $44.36 per month, or by 260.1 percent. The total bill for a typical existing flat rate (unmetered) residential customer receiving filtered water and who is to be converted to a metered customer, using 5,418 gallons, would increase from $13.45 to $44.36 per month, or by 229.8 percent.
 PG&W is in the final stages of an aggressive water filtration and system improvement program. Since 1986, the company has constructed five filtration plants in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties at a cost of more than $90 million. Currently, three new plants are under construction -- the Crystal Lake Plant which is expected to be completed by the end of July, and the Ceasetown and Watres plants which are planned for completion in late 1993. Upon completion of all eight filter plants, PG&W will be providing filtered water to all 130,000 of its water customers.
 PG&W provides natural gas and water to an 11-county area 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/
 (PENT) CO: Pennsylvania Gas and Water Company; Pennsylvania Enterprises, Inc. ST: Pennsylvania IN: UTI SU:


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