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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 02-1925


Tentative Order

[32 Pa.B. 5373]

Public Meeting held
October 10, 2002

Commissioners Present:  Glen R. Thomas, Chairperson, statement follows; Robert K. Bloom, Vice Chairperson; Aaron Wilson, Jr.; Terrance J. Fitzpatrick, statement dissenting in part follows; Kim Pizzingrilli

Application of Pennsylvania Suburban Water Company for approval to begin to offer, render, furnish or supply water service to the public in portions of Centre and Bern Townships, Berks County, Pennsylvania; Doc. No. A-210104F0014

Tentative Order

By the Commission:

   On March 7, 2002, pursuant to section 1102(a)(1)(i) of the Public Utility Code, Pennsylvania Suburban Water Company (Suburban), 762 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-3489, filed an Application for Commission approval of Suburban to begin to offer, render, furnish or supply water service to the public in portions of Centre and Bern Townships in Berks County, Pennsylvania as shown on a map filed with the Application.

   No protests, motions or petition were filed. Proofs of service to the appropriate entities and publication were filed. No hearings were held.

   Suburban is a jurisdictional public utility water company, duly organized and existing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Suburban presently provides service to more than 380,000 customers located in southeastern Pennsylvania, the Pocono Mountains, the Sharon area, the Sayre area, Forest County and the Shamokin area of Pennsylvania.

   Suburban has entered into a letter agreement (Agreement) with Greth Development Group, Inc. (Greth), a Pennsylvania corporation that specializes in residential development. The Agreement was executed on March 12, 2002. Greth is developing a 97-acre tract, locally to be known as Hill Crest Estates II, in Centre and Bern Townships. Greth plans to erect 65 single family homes and has requested Suburban to provide water service. This will be a satellite water system.

   The Agreement calls for Suburban to develop an appropriate well, storage and treatment facilities and obtain necessary regulatory approvals. Greth will install mains, valves, services and fittings to Suburban's approval. Greth will contribute this distribution system to Suburban. Under terms of the Agreement, Greth will provide an original cost report, by line item, of the distribution system within 30 days of completing said installation to Suburban. Suburban will install individual meters. Cost estimates for the entire system are $150,000 and $155,000, respectively, for Suburban and Greth. Greth will design, permit, construct, operate and maintain a wastewater collection and treatment system. At this point, it should be emphasized that Greth is precluded from providing wastewater service to the public for compensation without first obtaining a certificate of public convenience from the Commission.

   Suburban proposes to adopt its Main System rates that are currently approved by the Commission. A typical customer, using 60,000 gallons per year, will experience an annual cost of $526.20.

   Upon full consideration of all matters of record, we find that approval of this Application is necessary and proper for the service, accommodation, and convenience of the public. For these reasons, we tentatively conclude that approval of the application is in the public interest; Therefore,

It Is Ordered That:

   1.  The Application of Pennsylvania Suburban Water Company (Suburban) at Docket No. A-210104F0014 is hereby tentatively approved as in the public interest.

   2.  A copy of this Tentative Order shall be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin giving the public 10 days from the date of publication to file written comment or request oral hearing.

   3.  Absent the filing of adverse public comment or request for oral hearing within 10 days from the date of publication pursuant to Ordering Paragraph No. 2, this Tentative Order shall become final without further order of the Commission.

   4.  Upon this Tentative Order becoming final pursuant to the provisions of Ordering Paragraph No. 3, the Secretary shall issue to the Pennsylvania Suburban Water Company a Certificate of Public Convenience pursuant to section 1102(a)(1)(i) of the Public Utility Code authorizing Suburban to begin to offer, render, furnish or supply water service to the public in portions of Centre and Bern Townships, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

   5.  Suburban shall file a tariff supplement within 30 days after the Certificate of Public Convenience is issued.

   6.  Suburban, upon acceptance of the original cost report, shall submit the report to the Bureau of Fixed Utility Services, Bureau of Audits and Office of Trial Staff.

   7.  A copy of this Tentative Order shall be served on the Department of Environmental Protection, Southcentral Regional Office, the Commission's Office of Trial Staff and Greth Development Group, Inc.

   8.  Upon completion of Paragraph No. 6, the Secretary shall mark the record closed.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-1925. Filed for public inspection October 25, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]

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