Notice of Submission of Proposed Distribution System Improvement Charge (DSIC) on Initial DSIC Tariff

On September 23, 2022, the City of Lancaster, Bureau of Water filed a request with the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to implement a distribution system improvement charge (DSIC) to provide for the timely recovery of the reasonable and prudent costs incurred to repair, improve or replace eligible property that is part of the City’s water distribution system.


A copy of the City’s filing can be found below.


The DSIC tariff submitted to the PUC does not propose any immediate change in water service rates but would allow the City to implement a charge on a quarterly basis, in the future, to recover the fixed cost of eligible property that has not previously been reflected in the City’s rates or rate base.


The PUC will examine the DSIC filing and may approve, modify or reject it. You may examine the material the City filed with the PUC which contains the requested DSIC and the initial DSIC tariff. A copy of this material is kept at the City’s office.


There are three ways to challenge the City’s request for a DSIC:


1. You can file a formal complaint. If you want a hearing before a judge, you must file a formal complaint. By filing a formal complaint, you assure yourself the opportunity to take part in hearings about the DSIC request. All complaints should be filed with PUC as soon as possible.


2. You can send the PUC a letter telling why you object to the requested DSIC. Sometimes there is information in these letters that makes the PUC aware of problems with the City’s service or management. This information can be helpful when investigating the DSIC request. Send your request for a formal complaint form or your letter to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Post Office Box 3265, Harrisburg, PA 17105- 3265.


3. You can be a witness at a public input hearing. Public input hearings are held if the PUC opens an investigation of the City’s DSIC request and if there is a large number of customers interested in the case. At these hearings you have the opportunity to present your views in person to the PUC judge hearing the case and the City representatives. All testimony given “under oath” becomes part of the official case record.


For more information, call the PUC at 1-800-692-7380. You may leave your name and address so you can be notified of any hearings that may be scheduled in this case.

Contact Information


(717) 735-3425



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