Aqua Pennsylvania and Chester Water are apparently not playing nicely together. According to the Daily Local News, Aqua PA has filed suit against CWA over their agreement with the city of Chester. Because Aqua has an existing agreement with CWA which constitutes four system connections, any rate change that is approved trickles downstream, literally. (pardon the pun)
Marc Lucca, President of Aqua Pennsylvania has expressed his serious concerns over the 10% rate hike due to a settlement with the city of Chester which tops off over $60 million dollars. The trickle is actually an understatement. This action produces approximately $75,000 of additional pass-through costs to current Aqua customers with no perks whatsoever.
Aqua has already begun efforts to build their own pipelines in Ridley Township and Nether Providence, putting CWA on notice that they’re terminating their contracts for those municipalities.
Can this partnership be mended back together? According to Mr. Lucca, these irresponsible rate hikes are causing huge trust issues. Because CWA is not governed by PUC, they have the capacity to bump up their rates whenever they feel like it. We’ll see what the Delaware County Common Pleas Court ruling determines.
(References: Daily Local News ~ dailylocal.com)