The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order today acknowledging the transfer of a portion of Aqua Utilities, Inc. of Florida’s (AUF) systems to the Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) and cancelling these certificates of operation. The FGUA purchased 56 water systems and 22 wastewater systems in 12 Florida counties.
“The PSC has worked diligently with AUF, directing the utility to improve its customer service and infrastructure,” said PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé. “We’re pleased that AUF’s customers will see continuing relief as the new utility owners ensure a smooth transition with plans to continue system improvements and quality customer service.”
A second application that the PSC will consider soon involves AUF’s transfer of certain water and wastewater facilities to Desoto County and cancellation of these operation certificates. PSC approval was not required in the sale of AUF’s facilities to FGUA or Desoto County because they are governmental authorities.
AUF sold nine water systems and four wastewater systems in five counties to U.S. Water, and one water system and one wastewater system serving the Arredondo Farms community in Alachua County to YES Communities Companies, LLC, which owns and manages manufactured home communities. AUF’s sale to U.S. Water is subject to PSC approval, and the company is expected to file a petition to address the systems’ transfer. In February, the Commission approved AUF’s sale to YES Communities Companies, LLC, and the sale closed on March 11, 2013.
AUF is expected to close on the sale of its remaining systems in Sarasota County to the County in July 2013. Sarasota is a non-jurisdictional county for the PSC, so the Commission will not be involved in the AUF systems’ transfer.
When its Florida sales close, AUF will have remaining regulated operations in eight states (Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana, and Virginia). For more information about FGUA, contact the company at email@example.com, call toll-free at 877.552.3482, or visit www.fgua.com. Customers can also visit AUF’s website at www.aquaamerica.com for more information about the transfers.
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