HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today voted to suspend and investigate a proposed rate increase by the City of Lancaster – Bureau of Water (Lancaster), for customers located outside of Lancaster’s corporate limits. The Commission voted 3-0 to investigate the annual revenue and rate increase request. Lancaster proposes to increase its annual operating revenues for water services by $4,024,593, or 20.8%. Under the proposal, the average annual bill for a residential water customer using 13,600 gallons of metered usage per quarter would increase by $65.76, or 21.2%, from $310.80 to $376.56. These revenue and rate increase requests are suspended for up to seven months and will be assigned to the Office of Administrative Law Judge for evidentiary hearings and the issuance of recommended decisions or settlements. The PUC has jurisdiction over Lancaster water service provided to customers located outside the City of Lancaster. Lancaster provides water service to 31,280 customers outside of Lancaster’s corporate limits in portions of Millersville Borough and East Hempfield, East Lampeter, Lancaster, Manheim, Manor, Pequea, West Hempfield and West Lampeter Townships, Lancaster County. For more information visit the PUC’s website at puc.pa.gov.