The City and Aqua Ohio Inc have been in litigation regarding procedural issues and the cost of the water system since 1999. This sale resolves the City’s appropriation actions and establishes a new partnership between Aqua Ohio and the City.

The sale agreement provides for a smooth transition, including a two-year operating contract totaling $270,000 under which Aqua Ohio will continue to operate and maintain the system, while also performing and receiving extra compensation for routine and emergency operations and maintenance.

We are not in the business of selling water systems, as a matter of fact, we are a leader in acquiring small systems. However, in a situation such as Geneva where it is in Aqua America’s best financial interest, and the best public policy interest of a municipality, we believe a sale represents a win-win situation, said Aqua chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis.