The Florida Government Utility Authority (FGUA) announced today that it signed an agreement to purchase most of the water and wastewater systems, currently owned by Aqua Utilities Florida, Inc., and Crystal River Utilities, Inc., located in Florida.
Today the FGUA Board approved the $49.2 million to purchase the majority of the water and wastewater systems currently owned by Aqua Utilities Florida, Inc., putting these assets into government management. As part of the process, FGUA plans to stabilize rates and will continue to improve the quality of service for these customers.
“This purchase provides many direct benefits to the customers,” said FGUA System Manager, Robert Sheets.
In addition to improving the systems and customer service, FGUA will be far more transparent to its customers. It is anticipated that rate increases will be limited to inflation adjustments for the next five years, unless unforeseen circumstances arise, according to Sheets.
Pasco County has encouraged FGUA to acquire private facilities in their community. As a result, residents are happier with improved water quality and service. County Commissioner Jack Mariano said that after the purchase of private utilities in Pasco County, facility upgrades were achieved while rates remained lower than other private utilities in the County.
The Aqua purchase includes systems in the following 12 counties:
The purchase of the facilities is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2013.