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Aquarion to Purchase United Water Systems in CT

United Water has agreed to sell its water systems in Connecticut to Aquarion Water Company.

Aquarion Water Company and United Water Company announced Thursday a “definitive agreement” on the sale of United Water to Aquarion for $38 million, pending approval from state regulators.

If the purchase is approved, Aquarion would take control of United’s systems in Bethel, Brookfield, Newtown, Woodbury and New Milford, however United will retain public-private water systems in Newtown, Ridgefield, Killingly, Sharon, Stonington and Weston.

Aquarion will be taking on 24,000 customers with the acquisition, along with 34 ground water sources, nine aboveground storage facilities and over 110 miles of transmission and distribution water mains, according to United.

According to a press release issued by Aquarion, these systems fill a “major portion of the remaining gaps in infrastructure” in their plans to consolidate and integrate western Connecticut’s water systems

“The purchase of United Water’s Connecticut operations is consistent with our strategy of growth through acquisition,” Aquarion President and CEO Charles V. Firlotte said Thursday. “We are well-positioned to serve the residents of these towns with safe, high quality water and a level of customer service that has been rated the highest among all Connecticut utilities for five years in a row.”

“I’m confident that Aquarion will continue to provide high quality water and service to their new customers,” said Michael Pointing, vice president of United Water's New York Division.  “In the interim, United Water remains fully committed to serving its customers and to working closely with Aquarion to ensure a seamless transition.”

The companies are familiar with working together, as . 

With the completion of this acquisition, Aquarion will now be responsible for all aspects of water delivery to Greenridge residents.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval from the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) and is expected to take six months.

Bill Hillman February 23, 2012 at 10:51 PM
http://www.aquarion.com/pdfs/AWCCT_Rates_as_of_020812.pdf will my rates change go up or go down? will they halt plans to chlorinate?
Dawne Kornhaas February 23, 2012 at 11:30 PM
My other concern is will they fluoridate the water?
Bill Hillman February 24, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Last I heard, not in the present plans, but who knows what the nanny state will do. That would need to be fought "tooth and nail"
Cindy February 24, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Candlewood Terrace Water in New Milford was purchased and we just received our WELCOME letter from United Water. What does this all mean for us?
Steven DeVaux February 25, 2012 at 02:29 PM
That makes Aquarion pretty much the only show in town. Ergo, rates will head up. Interesting that the largest water company in the world today (over 150+ billion) has made a decision to abandon the Connecticut market completely. What do they know about the DPUC and the Connecticut market and legislature that ordinary street folks don't?
Bill D. Ratepayer February 28, 2012 at 02:13 PM
This is long overdue. This will bring a larger, regional solution to water supply problems in the Greater Danbury area. United Water has had little interest and involvement in their poor stepchild UWCT. Bringing in Aquarion is like bringing in the New York Yankees instead of the Bridgeport Bluefish. But unlike the NYY, in the long run it will cost less, much less and you will have much better service, without a poor out of state management attitude. Aquarion's rates are lower than UWCT's and they have continually been at the top of best customer service of any utility in CT. Aquarion is a very good company.
Bill D. Ratepayer February 28, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Your rates will likely stay the same. Some issues regarding the rates of smaller systems recently acquired by UWCT are unresolved. Aquarion's plan is to merge the companies. Generally speaking when this occurs the higher rates are locked in for a period of time until the rates of the acquiring company get up to the higher rates of the acquired company. I believe that there are a few unique rate situations with some of UWCT's smallest satelite systems that may still require some type of special surcharge for special improvements. We should all know more soon, as Aquarion will make a filing to DPUC/PURA in the next month or so.
Bill D. Ratepayer February 28, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Generally speaking chlorination or some other form of disinfection is a requirement for community water systems over a certain size by the State DPH or federal DEP. So plans to chlorinate these systems is likely to continue unless some alternate form of treament is allowed.
Bill D. Ratepayer February 28, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Fluoridation became a law (CGS Sec. 19a-38) in Connecticut on May 18, 1965, initiated by Public Act 156. Public Water Systems (PWSs) serving 50,000 or more were required to begin fluoridation on January 1, 1967, and PWSs serving 20,000 to 49,999 people were required to begin fluoridation on October 1, 1967. Not sure if Aquarion adds flouride throughout its service territory or only in larger systems where required by CT law.
Bill Hillman February 28, 2012 at 05:45 PM
So many kids have suffered from fluorosis, mine included, we do NOT need fluoridation. Parents can choose other means of applying if they choose, let's keep the water free of state-sponsored additives!
Carl February 28, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I'm concerned they will sap our precious bodily fluids
Don Warfield May 05, 2013 at 11:39 AM
How can one distinguish whether flourosis is solely caused by our drinking water and not a combination of other possible causes?
Steven DeVaux May 05, 2013 at 12:44 PM
When it comes to children's health, does it matter?
Don Warfield May 06, 2013 at 12:07 PM
My response was to Bill's comment in which he seems to suggest "state sponsored additives", in this case flouride, resulted in his children having flourosis. What about Chlorine in Water or Radon? Chlorine is commonly found in our tap water. During a hot shower, you breathe in chlorine vapors released in the shower's steam. This inhalation puts you at a higher risk for fatigue, asthma, bronchitis, and both bladder and breast cancer. Install a whole-house water filter to reduce exposure to airborne chlorine while you're showering. Or try a filtered showerhead. I am for protecting the health of all.....
Steven DeVaux May 06, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Couldn't agree with you more Don. You're right. It's ALL the people in Brookfield that are affected. Even those hooked up to public water supplies that chlorinate their water. Even arsenic is found in it. It takes education to make people realize just what it is they are ingesting. How many people test their water? Install a whole house water filter for their family. More and more home sales collapse due to the results of water testing and the discoveries made but they result in the current homeowner realizing what their exposure has been and the buyer preventing future expose of themselves and their family.
Steven DeVaux May 06, 2013 at 01:23 PM
People have lived for millions of years without it.

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