I have received a number of calls and emails regarding Chester Water Authority (CWA). CWA provides quality drinking water at a reasonable price to ratepayers across southern Chester County, and priceless recreational opportunities at the Octoraro Reservoir. Many residents and local officials are very concerned about a potential sale of CWA to private interests. I have been working with residents and local stakeholders to stop any takeover of Chester Water Authority.

In the Capitol, I have regularly spoken out against the potential sale of CWA. Earlier this year, I questioned Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell in a House hearing after DEP took a position against CWA in a Delaware County court filing. You can view a video of this exchange here.

More recently, I penned a strongly worded letter to Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin after the Wolf administration suggested the City of Chester had an ownership claim over CWA. Such a suggestion lends credence to the baseless position that the City of Chester can singlehandedly order the sale of CWA.
You can read this letter here.

Recently, I drafted and introduced House Bill 2597 to require a ratepayer referendum for the sale of any publicly managed utility, including CWA. In writing this legislation, I wanted to ensure those most directly impacted had a voice in any proposed sale of a public utility. House Bill 2597 would require a publicly managed utility contemplating selling to a for-profit corporation to mail a ballot to each ratepayer of the utility asking “Do you approve the sale of (selling utility name) to (acquiring entity) for the sum of (the proposed sale price)?” Ratepayers would have a minimum of 30 days to vote via U.S. mail or through a secure internet website. In addition to mailing a ballot to each ratepayer, a selling utility would be required to publish notification of the referendum in a newspaper of general circulation in any affected municipality. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) would be required to abide by the results of a customer referendum in any decision surrounding the sale of a public utility, including any proposed sale of CWA.

Here is a link to the press release regarding HB 2597.

Here is a link to House Bill 2597.

I will continue to advocate for Chester Water Authority in the coming days. If you have questions and would like to speak with me directly regarding CWA or anything else, please do not hesitate to call the Jennersville office at 610-869-1602.