Pennsylvania American Water on Friday filed a rate request that would boost the bills of its Philadelphia-area residential customers by $9.49 a month, from $55.63 to $65.12, or 17 percent.
The request, filed with the Public Utility Commission, would generate $107.9 million a year statewide, or 16.4 percent across all customer classes. Pennsylvania American has 650,000 customers in 400 communities, including 44,000 in the Philadelphia suburbs.
The utility last requested a rate increase in 2013, when it sought a 10.1 percent boost. It settled for a $26 million increase, or 4.5 percent, that went into effect in January 2014. Friday's request is targeted to go into effect in January 2018.