The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) on Thursday approved a rate increase for Manwalamink Water Company in Monroe County.

The commission voted 5-0 to approve the rate increase request of 16 percent a year. The bill for an average water customer using 41,208 gallons a year would increase from $259.44 to $300.84, or by $41.40 (15.96 percent) a year.

Manwalamink provides service to approximately 1,220 customers in portions of Middle Smithfield and Smithfield townships, Monroe County.

More information on the rate-making process is available on the commission’s website.