Little Washington acquires big business

Aqua America’s Pennsylvania subsidiary, Little Washington Wastewater Company, has received approval from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to acquire three systems serving more than 7,500 people.

Little Washington Wastewater Company (LWWC), has signed an agreement to provide wastewater services to the Village at Valley Forge, a mixed-use community currently under construction in the King of Prussia submarket of Philadelphia.

The development — described by its builder as “a mixed-use lifestyle center, or ‘village’ with its own town centre” — is being built on the 125 acre site of the former Valley Forge Golf Club adjacent to the nation’s largest shopping mall, the King of Prussia Mall, Montgomery County.

Under the agreement, Realen Properties of Berwyn will build the collection system and pumping station then dedicate it to LWWC, who will own and operate the wastewater system. Aqua America’s largest operating subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania, which already serves public water to the remainder of the township, will provide public water to the Village community as well. LWWC will purchase the wastewater assets for $US1 million.

Aqua Pennsylvania will acquire the water system of Mifflin Township Water Authority, located in Mifflin Township, Columbia County. The system, which serves more than 1,500 residents in the Mifflinville area, is currently under a Consent Order and Agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that focuses on unaccounted for water. Aqua will be paying $US1.1 million at closing.

Aqua was also given approval to purchase the water and wastewater assets of Total Environmental Solutions, which serves 6,000 residents in the Beech Mountain Lakes resort community located in portions of Butler and Dennison townships, Luzerne County for $US1.5 million. The majority of the customers are residential.

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