Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sewer Rate Increase Prompts Complaint

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sewer Rate Increase Prompts Complaint

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The recent increase in sewer rates in Penn Hills prompted a complaint to council.

Robert Larko told council last week that the increase can be a hardship for senior citizens on fixed incomes and for young families.

The sewer service charge in the municipality increased by $5 per month, and the rate rose by $4.34 per 1,000 gallons of water used, according to information provided by Tom O'Grady, director of the water pollution control department for Penn Hills. For a customer who uses 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of water a month, the increase would translate into about $20 more per month, he said.

The higher usage rate was partially due to the increase charged by the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, according to Mr. O'Grady.

"If this was done in an incremental way, it would be a smaller, more tolerable increase," Mr. Larko told council Feb. …

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