Aqua America has secured approval from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to acquire Limerick Township’s wastewater assets.
The Limerick system serves approximately 5,400 wastewater connections in Montgomery County.
The transaction, which is expected to occur in the next several weeks, falls under the recently enacted Act 12, which allows municipalities that own water and wastewater systems to sell their systems to regulated public utilities at fair market valuation.
Act 12 encourages consolidation in the fragmented water and wastewater industry. Consolidation allows resources to be shared among a larger service area which ultimately benefits utility customers. Through the new legislation, Aqua and other regulated utilities can leverage compliance expertise, purchasing power gained through economies of scale, and operational efficiencies to benefit local systems’ infrastructure and service.
This approval demonstrates the collaboration of all the parties involved and their long-standing commitment to providing safe and reliable water and wastewater service at affordable pricing in the commonwealth, according to Aqua America chairman and CEO Christopher Franklin.
Franklin said: “Pennsylvania officials have been mindful of the important combination of protecting customers’ interests and incentivizing consolidation of nearly 2,500 water utilities that exist in the state.”
Including Limerick, Aqua America has five fair market value asset purchase agreements in place, with Cheltenham, East Bradford and New Garden townships in Pennsylvania, and the Village of Manteno in Illinois, which closed July 5.
When it completes these acquisitions, the company will welcome approximately 23,000 new customer connections to the Aqua family.
Source: Company Press Release