According to publications by the Township manager, at their August 15, 7:00 pm meeting, the Board of Supervisors will be asked to authorize negotiations for the sale of both the water and sewer systems, currently being managed by the Warminster Township Municipal Authority.
The Warminster Municipal Authority is proud to serve our customers
The Authority has continually put the interest of our customers first, while responsibly managing our finances to fund current and future expenses and proactively investing in our aging infrastructure. Simply, what a community-based Authority should do.
Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association (PMAA) has this to say:
We owe it to our customers, who are also our neighbors and our friends, to do everything we can to provide the best service options at a fair and reasonable price while maintaining the highest quality in our products and services. Sustaining local ownership of our Authorities is the best option to accomplish that goal.
Ownership and control of water and wastewater systems should remain local…customers experience better customer relations, better rates and higher quality products and services.
Pennsylvania’s Auditor General had this to say:
PA State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale stated that any authority should be wary about going the privatization route. Mr. DePasquale stated, “It should be very clear that if you support privatization, it should be done at a minimum with tremendous caution, because if you do move in that direction, you don’t get it back.”
Penn Township, Chester County officials had this to say about a potential Authority sale:
We request that the CWA Board continue to protect our Township residents and businesses by putting the interests of the ratepayers first when making decisions about the Authority’s operations and future.
Food & Water Watch had this to say:
Public officials should not privatize water and sewer systems to offset financial shortfalls and fund general government. These privatization deals reduce transparency and accountability in government activities and water service provisions, and they increase the long-term costs borne by the public. They are shortsighted, irresponsible and costly.