Davis bill on local water, sewer utility oversight to be heard in committee

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – The House Consumer Affairs Committee will hold a hearing Monday on state Rep. Tina Davis’s H.B. 798, which would place municipal water and sewer authorities under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Utility Commission.

Under current law, the PUC does not generally have jurisdiction over municipal authorities. To remedy this, her bill would amend the definition of a public utility under Title 66 to include municipal corporations that provide water and sewer services.

“At the end of the day, water and sewer services are essential utilities and deal heavily in the matters of safety, reliability and money,” said Davis, D-Bucks. “And where we can consolidate, we can save, use best practices and offer better oversight.”

Davis said that her bill also would give customers a larger resource to address problems with their services and continue to receive reliable service at reasonable rates. Additional state oversight also could help foster new technologies and competitive markets and protect public resources, she added.

“House Bill 798 has bipartisan support, and I’m looking forward to substantial progress on the bill as a result of this hearing,” she said.