Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Murky waters for Chester Water Authority

There is a lot of intrigue swirling around the Chester Water Authority.

It's one of those old line Delaware County Business icons.

It's been around for more than 150 years, pumping all that sparkling, pristine water from the Octoraro Reservoir on the Chester County-Lancaster County border back to Delaware County, where it services 19 municipalities.

But the water is becoming decidedly murky for the private entity.

First there was an unsolicited offer from water company giant Aqua America to buy the company for $250 million. That was rejected by the board.

But worries about a sale have not gone away, and now seem to be intertwined with the longtime fiscal woes of the city of Chester.

We delve into what is going on in today's editorial.

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