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PUBLIC HEARINGS ABOUT WATER SERVICE IN COLLIER TOWNSHIP
HARRISBURG – Consumer Advocate Sonny Popowsky today urged residents of Collier
Township in Allegheny County to testify at public hearings to be held on August 27, 2002,
regarding the need for public water service in the Collier Township area. The hearings will be
held at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27, at the Collier Township Municipal Building,
2418 Hilltop Road in Presto PA 15142.
Popowsky said that many Collier Township residents have been attempting to get
Pennsylvania-American Water Company ("PAWC") to extend public water service to their areas.
A formal complaint was filed with the Public Utility Commission (“PUC”) by Collier Township
in September 2001 on behalf of the residents in need of service. The Office of Consumer
Advocate (“OCA”) has intervened to assist Collier Township and its residents in seeking safe
and adequate public water service from PAWC. The OCA has been working with residents and
Collier Township officials to obtain relief either through settlement negotiations or through
litigation. Popowsky said that efforts to reach a voluntary settlement of the case with PAWC
have proven to be unsuccessful. Therefore, it is necessary to go forward with formal public
hearings before the PUC.
"This hearing is the opportunity for residents of Collier Township to come forward and
explain why they need public water service," Popowsky said. "This hearing is critical to the
community’s efforts to convince the PUC to rule in favor of the Collier Township complaint."
Interested persons may testify on August 27 regarding their present water quality and
supply problems and the need for PAWC to extend public water service to their areas. Anyone
who wants information about the hearing can call the Office of Consumer Advocate toll-free at