to Save Chester Water Authority

Chester Water Authority: Providing you clean, affordable public water.

Chester Water Authority (CWA) has one goal. To provide clean water at the most affordable price to its ratepayers. It is a non-profit government authority. It does not have shareholders or other special interests. This public water system is under attack. Aqua (a for-profit water company, now branded as “Essential Utilities”) has been trying to acquire the Chester Water Authority since 2017 (and even earlier) when it brought an unsolicited buyout offer to the CWA board. The CWA board voted unanimously NO to this hostile takeover because there was no benefit to customers and would result in higher rates. Since declining that offer, CWA has saved ratepayers almost $200 million in comparison to Aqua’s rates.

Action 1:
Send Email to the Chester Receiver

Please tell the Harrisburg-appointed Receiver that you do not want your water bills to go up because of a sale of CWA to a private company such as Aqua. Clearly Chester needs financial help from the state, but not through selling this valuable resource. The consequences of a sale will fall squarely on the backs of customers. If Aqua is allowed to purchase the Authority, YOU will pay the purchase price, many times over, through increased water bills, forever.

Action 2:
Send Email to the Consumer Affairs Committee

Rep. Sappey (PA-158) introduced HB 144 and Rep. Lawrence (PA13) introduced HB 97 to the PA house in the new 2021 legislative session (the two other bipartisan bills died without being brought up for a vote at the end of 2020). This legislation helps to protect water ratepayers from the predatory behavior of BIG WATER and includes a ratepayer referendum before a sale—meaning that ratepayers could vote “no” to an acquisition and stop a sale from going through. The bills are currently sitting in the Consumer Affairs committee. This committee has a new chair. Let’s write to these committee members and tell them how important this issue is to CWA ratepayers!

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from the Pennsylvania Constitution,
Article I, Section 27:
"The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people."