Aqua Ohio Finalizes Purchase of Campbell Water System
CAMPBELL, Ohio – Aqua Ohio has completed its purchase of the city’s water treatment plant and distribution system, becoming its provider at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 24.
Aqua Ohio paid the city $7.5 million for the assets and plans to invest $4.3 million over the next decade to improve water quality and reliability, as well as regulatory and environmental standards.
“Compliance with evolving safety and environmental requirements is becoming more difficult for municipalities. More communities are engaging with Aqua to explore possibilities for putting water quality experts in charge of their utility’s future,” said Tony Mancari, Aqua’s director of municipal services, in a statement. “Aqua offers efficiencies, expertise and economies of scale to meet regulatory expectations, improve reliability and keep rates reasonable.”
Customers using an average of 3,200 gallons of water per month will not see an increase in their bill, Aqua Ohio said in a statement.
City water department employees have been hired by the utility company after background checks and drug screenings. They have also been issued new safety equipment and started training.
“We’re excited to welcome the residents of Campbell to our local operation,” said Jennifer Johnson, Aqua’s area manager for the company’s Mahoning Valley system based in Struthers. “This expansion is a milestone in our proud history of service to the Valley that spans over 100 years.”
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.