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PPUC APPROVES RATE INCREASE

 PPUC APPROVES RATE INCREASE
 WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Gas and Water


Company (PG&W) announced today that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PPUC) approved a Joint Stipulation in Partial Settlement which will provide PG&W with $1,930,000 in increased annual water revenues.
 The increased rates cover approximately 14,300 water customers served exclusively by the Nesbitt Water Treatment Plant in PG&W's Springbrook rate area. This increase will be effective following entry of the appropriate PPUC order which is expected to occur no later than Jan. 29, 1992.
 Under the approved increase, the bill for a typical metered residential customer receiving filtered water and using 5,500 gallons would increase from $19.81 to $28.84 per month, or by 45.6 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 5,500 gallons, would increase from $23.51 to $28.84 per month, or by 22.7 percent.
 PG&W had originally requested a $2.6 million increase. Last year the company, along with the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA), the PPUC Office of Trial Staff and the Pennsylvania Office of Small Business Advocate entered into a Joint Stipulation in Partial Settlement agreeing to the $1.9 million increase, although the OCA continued to contest certain issues. Subsequently, on Dec. 10, 1991, an administrative law judge of the PPUC recommended approval of the settlement.
 In requesting the increase, PG&W officials cited the significant investment in the Nesbitt Treatment Plant and the cost of operating the plant as reasons for the request. According to company officials, the flawless performance of the Nesbitt Water Treatment Plant since it was placed into service three years ago is firmly substantiated by tests and customers' comments which confirm a consistently high quality of water delivered by the plant. PG&W noted that the treatment plant is just one part of a comprehensive water quality improvement program, the cost of which made it necessary for PG&W to request additional rate relief. In addition to the Nesbitt Plant, PG&W has completed four other water treatment plants since 1988. Currently, the company continues with design and construction on two other new plants, with construction on a third and final new plant to begin shortly. Completion of these plants will provide filtration to 100 percent of PG&W's water service territory.
 PG&W is the principal operating subsidiary of Pennsylvania Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENT) and serves approximately 130,000 water customers and 130,000 natural gas customers in northeastern Pennsylvania.
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 /CONTACT: Robert Lopatto of Pennsylvania Enterprises, 717-829-8825/
 (PENT) CO: Pennsylvania Gas and Water Company; Pennsylvania Public Utility
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