PUC to Hold Public Input Hearings on September 16 on Aqua PA Wastewater’s Application to Acquire System Assets of DELCORA

Press Release

September 09, 2020

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today announced two videoconference/telephonic hearings on September 16 to gather public input on the application of Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater Inc. (Aqua PA) to acquire the wastewater system assets of the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA).

Aqua PA Public Input Hearings

Two videoconference/telephonic public input hearings on Aqua PA’s application are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, with the hearings beginning at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The Public Input Hearings will be conducted using the Zoom video conferencing platform.  Administrative Law Judge Angela Jones will preside over the hearings.          

Signing Up for the Hearings

Individuals who wish to testify on the videoconference/telephonic hearings must contact the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA) toll free at 1-800-684-6560 by Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 at 1 p.m.  On the day of the hearings, consumers will testify in the order they signed up. 

If you do not wish to testify, but want to listen to the public input hearings, please contact OCA toll-free at 1-800-684-6560 by the deadline and register to obtain the call-in information.

If you have any hearing exhibits to which you will refer during the hearing, one (1) copy must be emailed to Pamela McNeal, Legal Assistant at pmcneal@pa.gov and one (1) copy each must be sent to every other party. All exhibits for the hearing must be pre-marked and emailed to the presiding officer and all parties on the service list no later than noon on Sept. 15, 2020.

If you require an interpreter to participate in the hearings, we will make every reasonable effort to have an interpreter present.  Please email the Pamela McNeal at pmcneal@pa.gov at least three (3) business days prior to your hearing to submit your request.

The AT&T Relay Service number for persons who are deaf or hearing-impaired is 1-800-654-5988.

Aqua PA’s Application

In its Application, filed on March 3, 2020, Aqua requests the issuance of an Order and Certificates of Public Convenience approving the company’s acquisition of the wastewater system assets of DELCORA and the resulting ratemaking rate base pursuant to Section 1329(c)(2) of the Public Utility Code. 

Offering Testimony at a Public Input Hearing

The PUC offers tips on how to participate in a public input hearing, including:

Prepare what you are going to say beforehand. Even though it is not required, you may want to write out your statement, which can be read.

Any formal testimony that is offered during the hearing will become part of the record on which the PUC will issue its final decision.

Understand that parties in the case may want to ask you a question to clarify something you said.

About the PUC

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Docket No.:        A-2019-3015173       

Contact:Nils Hagen-Frederiksen
Press Secretary

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Press Office
P.O. Box 3265, Harrisburg, PA 17105-3265
(717) 787-5722 FAX (717) 787-4193