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Inflation and infrastructure costs are driving up water bills in the Delaware Valley

Dec 20, 2022

Water rates will increase in 2023 for hundreds of thousands of residents in our region — from Wilmington, Del., to the Pennsylvania suburbs.

The most notable increase is from Pennsylvania American Water, whose customers will face a hike of 14%, which the utility says will help replace aging water infrastructure. The company originally proposed a 24% hike, which was met with pushback from the Office of Consumer Advocate.

Aqua Pennsylvania implemented a similar hike of 12% earlier this year. Consumer advocates say it’s possible Pennsylvania American Water and Aqua customers could be hit with more rate hikes in the future, because the companies have been closing million dollar acquisitions of public wastewater systems.

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