Mercer County sewage company asking for 48% rate hike

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Reynolds Disposal Company said they need the increase for capital improvements and to help fund ongoing operational costs

Reynolds Disposal Company

GREENVILLE, Pa. (WKBN) – A Mercer County sewage company is asking the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for an approximate average 45.4% rate hike for commercial, industrial and residential customers.

Reynolds Disposal Company said they need the increase for capital improvements and to help fund ongoing operational costs and system improvements such as sewer line rehabilitation and repairs.

The increase would mean the average residential customer using 9,000 gallons would go from paying $98.91 every quarter to $146.35, an increase of 48%.

Customers who have unmetered service would go from paying $149.47 to $221.07 per quarter, also a 48% increase.

Commercial customers using 20,000 gallons will go from $183.64 to $272.48, unmetered from $153.10 to $226.71.

Rates for industrial customers using 22,000 gallons would increase from $198.92 to $294.79, an increase of 48%

Public customers, which includes the Reynolds School District, would increase from $1,261.77 to $1,851.69 per quarter, an increase of 47%.

If approved the increases would generate about $215,646 and would be effective Sept. 1, 2020.

Customers receive a combined bill including water and sewer. The sewer portion of the bill will be impacted by the increase, according to Reynolds officials.

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