Potential Sale of CWA?

Resources | News & Research

Many of our customers continue to have questions regarding the potential sale of the customers and assets of the Chester Water Authority (CWA) to a private for-profit entity. In the interest of transparency and full disclosure, we are dedicated to providing you with critical information to keep you informed as to the latest developments in this matter.

Resources

CWA vs Aqua Rate Comparison

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CWA Customer Count

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CWA Chairwoman’s Comments to the City of Chester Act 47 Exit Plan

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City of Chester Act 47 Exit Plan, 8/20/2018

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CWA Solicitor’s letter to Governor’s Chief Counsel

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DCED Secretary Dennis Davin’s response to CWA Chairwoman

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Governor’s General Counsel Letter re: Act 47 Process

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CWA Chairperson’s Letter to Secretary of the DCED July 30, 2018

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Pa. approves Aqua’s contentious $75M sewer system acquisition

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Letter to DCED Chief Counsel regarding Act 47 Recommendations

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Act 47 Coordinator’s Financial Condition Assessment of the City of Chester

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CITY OF CHESTER ACT 47 COORDINATOR STILL PUSHING SALE OF CHESTER WATER AUTHORITY

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Standstill Agreement Between CWA and City of Chester

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PUC Response to CWA Solicitor’s Letter

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Takeover Attempt Timeline

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Right-To-Know Request of 11/28/17 to DCED – 1 of 3

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Right-To-Know Request of 11/28/17 to DCED – 2 of 3

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Right-To-Know Request of 11/28/2017 to DCED – 3 of 3

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CWA Solicitor Letter to PUC

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CWA Solicitor Letter to DCED RE: Preservation Notice

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CWA Solicitor and DCED Chief Counsel Correspondence

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2nd R-T-K Response from DCED (1 of 3)

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2nd R-T-K Response from DCED (2 of 3)

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2nd R-T-K Response from DCED (3 of 3)

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Response to City of Chester Act 47 Coordinator – Nov. 16, 2017

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Office of Open Records Final Determination

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Letter from City of Chester Act 47 Coordinator – Nov. 10, 2017

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Redacted Partial Response from DCED

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Board Chairperson’s Response to Chester Mayor’s Letter Nov. 3, 2017

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Chester Mayor’s Letter to CWA Oct. 25, 2017

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Municipal Opposition to Privatization

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CWA Customer Info Letter

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DCED Appeal of Office of Open Records Final Determination

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Recent Board Actions

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Right-To-Know Request to DCED

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Regional Monthly Water Rate Comparison

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Aqua Offer Letter of May 8, 2017

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City of Chester Act 47 Recovery Plan

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CWA Bond Rating

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Newspaper Articles

A Pa. law sets off a feeding frenzy for public water systems. Will customers pay the cost?

READ ARTICLE A high-priced competition is quietly underway in Philadelphia’s suburbs over who will own municipal water and wastewater systems — private operators or government — and who will be left paying the bill. Limerick Township…

Northampton supervisors nix $100 million offer for water authority

READ ARTICLE Aqua PA proposed purchasing the municipal authority’s assets for $100 million. The Northampton supervisors halted exploration of a private company’s offer to purchase the township’s water and sewer assets, the board chairman confirmed…

Chester Water Authority to open talks with city about future

READ ARTICLE CHESTER >> City Council and the Chester Water Authority have agreed to negotiations to resolve disagreements between the parties that have grown since May 2017, when CWA received an unsolicited offer from Aqua…

RESPONDING TO ‘SCARE TACTICS,’ AQUA JUST WANTS TO BE HEARD

READ ARTICLE In May, the Chester Water Authority (CWA) unanimously rejected a $250 million unsolicited acquisition offer from Aqua America after receiving its proposal. The company promised to freeze rates and retain current employees for…

COLLUSION? CATANIA: DOCS SHOW STATE, AQUA PLOTTED A CWA TAKEOVER

READ ARTICLE Perhaps there hasn’t been this much drama surrounding water since the Titanic. The tension surrounding a possible sale of the Chester Water Authority (CWA) continued earlier this month at the November CWA board…

Rates going up? State aids corporate offer for public utility

READ ARTICLE Joe Stafford’s T-shirt is emphatic: “No way, Aqua. No means No. What part of No don’t you understand?” The Upper Chichester resident and other customers of the Chester Water Authority have joined employees…

Editorial: There is a lot of troubled water in Chester

READ ARTICLE All of a sudden water is a very hot topic in the city of Chester. Residents are worried that their beloved, privately held water company might be sold to a private mega firm….

Whirlpool of controversy surrounds Chester Water Authority

READ ARTICLE ASTON >> With its future still very much in jeopardy, the Chester Water Authority board Friday voted to approve a measure allowing its solicitor and special counsel to evaluate the necessity of taking…

Intrigue, possible sale looms over meeting of board of Chester Water Authority

READ ARTICLE The solicitor of the Chester Water Authority is questioning why the financial oversight group for the city of Chester was mulling a sale of the CWA more than a year before Aqua America…

Chester Water Authority sets emergency meeting; sale talk again looms

READ ARTICLE CHESTER >> The board of the Chester Water Authority will hold an emergency meeting Friday to discuss actions that could lead to the dissolution and potential monetization of the authority. It’s the latest…

CWA BOARD MOSTLY IN PLACE; PASSES ANTI-TAKEOVER ACTIONS

The new Board of Directors for the Chester Water Authority has mostly been revealed with Chester City, the last of three appointing entities, announcing its appointment of two of its three members at last Wednesday’s…

Township signs resolution opposing proposed water authority sale

Read Article 09/26/2017 12:38PM ● Published by Richard Gaw By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer Kennett Township joined the voices of opposition to the proposed sale of the Chester Water Authority to Aqua of America…

Water Privatization Research

Are Your State Officials in Cahoots with Big Water Corporations?

READ ARTICLE The nation’s largest water corporation is privatizing public water systems in states where legislators and regulators put corporate profits before the public interest. Earlier this week, American Water, the country’s largest private water…

The State of Public Water in the United States

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Allentown’s Gambit: An Irresponsible and Risky Lease

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Selling Out Consumers: How Water Prices Increased after 10 of the Largest Water System Sales

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Trends in Water Privatization

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