The Township approved the sale of its sewer system to Aqua last year. Aqua is regulated by the Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC). One of the requirements during this review process is a notification to existing ratepayers, as well as those in Lower Makefield regarding potential rates. The letter itself is the result of a court settlement for all PUC companies to notify residents of the possibility, under very conservative, even worse case scenario cases for rates. The rationale for this is to notify customers of a rate with every conceivable worst-case scenario. You can see the letter outlines a potential 28% rate increase. The factors that go into this calculation include unlikely provisions, such as our customers not being blended in with the larger Aqua customer base, which is extremely unlikely. A rate increase because of the PUC process itself wouldn’t even allow for a rate increase next year. The PUC isn’t concerned with those details, only that the letter is sent, and Aqua can say that they have complied. We have attached our own letter, discussing these items, to put the Aqua letter in context.