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May 6, 2024: More Perfect Union

Corporations Are Privatizing Tap Water. You’re Paying the Price. Watch VIdeo

August 8, 2022: The Nation

The War Over Public Water in Pennsylvania. Read Article.

June 18, 2021: NBC News

Residents push back at high sewage and water bills from private companies. Read Article.

January 25, 2022: The Guardian

‘Corporate vultures’: how Americans fearing higher water bills are fighting takeovers. Read Article.

March 23, 2021: The American Prospect

Something in the Water: Should a water authority be privatized to rescue a municipality’s finances? The story of Chester, Pennsylvania, and its environs is an alarming harbinger of things to come. Read Article.

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April 30, 2024: Philadelphia Inquirer

Municipal water system sales leave customers stuck with the bill. Read Article.


April 8, 2024: Philadelphia Inquirer

Water privatization is coming under renewed scrutiny from Pa. lawmakers and regulators as consumers sour on rate increases. Read Article.


January 23, 2024: WHYY

Pa. Senate committee scrutinizes water privatization in Philly suburbs. Read Article.


May 24, 2023: Philadelphia Inquirer

Four steps to keep water affordable for Pennsylvania ratepayers. Read Article.


May 11, 2023: Delaware County Daily Times

Toilet to Tap: Pennsylvania seeing feeding frenzy of sales of public water/sewer systems. Read Article.


December 15, 2022: Philadelphia Inquirer

Despite budget deficits and bankruptcy, Chester should not sell off its water system. Read Article.


November 12, 2022: Delaware County Daily Times

Chester Water Authority likens receiver bankruptcy filing to robbers’ logic. Read Article.


September 18, 2022: Philadelphia Inquirer

It’s time to repeal the Pa. law that allows the sale of municipal water systems. Read Article.

April 13, 2022: WHYY

Pa. Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal of Chester Water Authority sale to Aqua. Read Article.


April 13, 2022: Delaware County Daily Times

Pennsylvania Supreme Court takes appeal in Chester Water Authority sale. Read Article.


March 30, 2022: Philadelphia Inquirer

Big water companies are gobbling up public water systems: This means a rate hike for Pa. residents. Read Article.


February 3, 2022: Delaware Valley Journal

Wolf Admin, Aqua ‘Waging War’ on Public Utilities in Distressed Communities, CWA Says. Read Article.


November 14, 2021: WHYY

What’s at stake in the fight over the Chester Water Authority. Read Article.


September 23, 2021: Philadelphia Inquirer

Pa. court opens path for Chester city to sell regional water utility to Aqua Pa. to get the city out of hock. Read Article.


September 19, 2021: Delaware County Daily Times

In for a Soaking: Commonwealth Court sides with Chester in Water Authority battle. Read Article.


May 31, 2021: FOX29 NEWS (Video)

Aqua Pennsylvania looking to acquire Chester Water Authority. Watch Video.


May 28, 2021: Patch

House Hearing Targets Aqua’s Efforts To Acquire More DelVal Public Utilities. Read Article.


May 26, 2021: Delaware County Daily Times

Advocate warns of costs of publicly owned water companies. Read Article.


May 22, 2021: Delaware County Daily Times

CWA to celebrate its independence today. Read Article.


May 17, 2021: JD Supra

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds That Documents Exchanged by Consultants With Local and State Agencies Do Not Fall Within the Deliberative Process Privilege. Read Article.


May 2, 2021: Philadelphia Inquirer

Residents Fight Sales of Sewer Systems. Read Article.


April 16, 2021: Delaware County Daily Times

Chester Water Authority says receivership no longer needed in Chester. Read Article.


March 21, 2021: Delaware County Daily Times

Environmentalists canvass Chester to lobby for clean air and water. Read Article.


March 17, 2021: The Conversation

COVID-19 has decimated water systems globally, but privatization is not the answer. Read Article.


March 16, 2021: MyChesCo

Wolf Appointee Refuses to Take Position on Potential CWA Sale, Dodges Questions, Says Lawrence. Read Article.


November 22, 2020: Delaware County Daily Times

CWA blames Harrisburg for Chester’s ‘financial ruin’ on new website. Read Article.


September 21, 2020: MyChesCo

Lawrence, CWA Chair Tell Lawmakers to Save Chester Water Authority. Read Article.


September 18, 2020: Delaware County Daily Times

CWA chair testifies in support of ratepayer vote bill. Read Article.


August 31, 2020: Delaware County Daily Times

Will drastic measures solve Chester’s financial woes? Read Article.


August 26, 2020: Delaware Valley Journal

Receiver for City of Chester Outlines Coming Austerity Measures. Read Article.


August 22, 2020: Delaware County Daily Times

Letter to the Editor: Don’t sell the Chester Water Authority Read Article.


June 15, 2020: Delaware Valley Journal

Chester Water Authority Ratepayers May Get Final Say Over Proposed Sale. Read Article.


June 1, 2020: Esquire

Privatizing Your Water Supply Is Generally a Terrible Idea. Read Article.


May 28, 2020: In the Public Interest

A Philly suburb wants to sell its water, offering a glimpse of post-COVID America. Read Article.


May 17, 2020: Lancaster Online

Residents Fear Loss of Public Use of 2,000-acre Octoraro Reservoir Property. Read Article.


May 13, 2020: Chadds Ford Live

Concord opposes sale of CWA. Read Article.


May 9, 2020: Chadds Ford Live

Kennett supervisors plow on. Read Article.


April 29, 2020: The Spirit 

Brookhaven urges Wolf to support CWA. Read Article.


April 22, 2020: Chester Matters Blog 

Chester Water Authority is as transparent as water. Read Article.


April 22, 2020: Delaware County Daily Times

Chester to open bids for water authority sale. Read Article.


April 17, 2020: Delaware County Daily Times

Wolf issues declaration of fiscal emergency for Chester. Read Article.


March 30, 2020: Delaware County Daily Times

Acts of Kindness: Chester Water Authority employees recognized as heroes in fight against coronavirus. Read Article.


February 13, 2020: Delaware County Daily Times

Chester tests market on water authority sale. Read Article.


November 1, 2019: Delaware County Daily Times

Editorial: Another anti-sale voice rejoins the Chester Water board. Read Article.


October 28, 2019: Chester County Press

Guest Essay: Water, Water everywhere, nor any drop to drink. Read Article.


October 15, 2019: Delaware County Daily Times

Editorial: The tranquil waters of Chester Water about to get choppy again. Read Article.


October 13, 2019: Delaware County Daily Times

Water Wars: Chester Water, city, Aqua due back in court this week. Read Article.


October 1, 2019: Philadelphia Inquirer

Was Philly region’s largest water-utility sale a politically motivated sweetheart deal? Read Article.

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