HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today voted to investigate rate increase requests for Tri-Valley Water Supply, Inc. for its Stone Ridge, Cypress Park and ElDo Lake divisions, serving portions of Carbon and Monroe counties.

The Commission voted 5-0 to investigate the requests. The requests are suspended for up to seven months and will be assigned to the Office of Administrative Law Judge for public hearings and a recommended decision or settlement.

A final decision must be made by Sept. 1, 2011.

Tri-Valley has requested an increase in annual rates of $54,430 (44.3 percent). Under the proposal, the average bill for a residential customer in the Stone Ridge and Cypress Park divisions using 48,000 gallons a year would increase from $602.88 to $852 (41.3 percent). The average bill for a residential customer in the ElDo Lake Division using 48,000 gallons a year would increase from $444 to $660 (48.6 percent).

Tri-Valley provides service to about 278 customers in portions of Lower Towamensing and Mahoning townships, Carbon County, and portions of Polk Township, Monroe County.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities to ensure safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protect the public interest; educate consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; further economic development; and foster new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.