DW 99-052
                     MANCHESTER WATER WORKS
      Petition to Extend Service Area in Town of Hooksett
                  Order NISI Granting Petition
                    O R D E R   N O.  23,200
                         April 20, 1999
       The Petitioner, Manchester Water Works (Manchester),
     filed with the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
     (Commission) on April 13, 1999, a petition to extend its existing
     service area in the Town of Hooksett, New Hampshire.  Manchester
     intends to provide service under its existing tariff for
     customers outside its municipal boundaries to an area in Hooksett
     containing a total of two lots on Wimbledon Heights Road. 
     Manchester's petition indicates that the owners of these lots
     desire to have water service provided by Manchester.
       The Town of Hooksett has provided written support for
     the proposed extension.  There is no other water utility service
     in the proposed area.  In addition, as required by RSA 374;22,
     III., the Department of Environmental Services has confirmed the
     suitability and availability of Manchester's water supplies.
       Based on the above facts, the Commission finds that
     allowing Manchester to extend its service area as requested is in
     the public good.  We will approve the Petition Nisi without a
     hearing given that all interested parties are in agreement.  See
     RSA 374:26.
       Based upon the foregoing, it is hereby 
       ORDERED NISI, that Manchester's Petition to Extend
     Service Area in the Town of Hooksett is granted; and it is
       FURTHER ORDERED, that Manchester is correspondingly
     granted permission pursuant to RSA 374:22 and 26 to extend its
     service area into a limited area of Hooksett consisting of Tax
     Map 40, lots 24-3 and 24-7; and it is
       FURTHER ORDERED, that the Petitioner shall cause a copy
     of this Order Nisi to be published once in a statewide newspaper
     of general circulation or of circulation in those portions of the
     state where operations are conducted, such publication to be no
     later than April 27, 1999 and to be documented by affidavit filed
     with this office on or before May 4, 1999; and it is
       FURTHER ORDERED, that all persons interested in
     responding to this petition be notified that they may submit
     their comments or file a written request for a hearing on this
     matter before the Commission no later than May 7, 1999; and 
     it is
       FURTHER ORDERED, that any party interested in
     responding to such comments or request for hearing shall do so no
     later than May 14, 1999; and it is
       FURTHER ORDERED, that this Order Nisi shall be
     effective May 24, 1999, unless the Commission provides otherwise
     in a supplemental order issued prior to the effective date.
       By order of the Public Utilities Commission of New
     Hampshire this twentieth day of April, 1999.
           Douglas L. Patch       Susan S. Geiger     Nancy Brockway
               Chairman           Commissioner          Commissioner
     Attested by:
     Kimberly Nolin Smith
     Assistant Secretary