Bristol Borough to Consider Sale of Sewer System Monday Night for $50 Million
Friday it was learned Bristol Borough will be holding a special council meeting with water sewer authority officials to consider the sale of the borough’s sewer system to the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority (BCWSA), Monday night.
The meeting, which is open to the public will take place at the borough hall beginning at 7 pm and is open to the public.
One source on the condition of anonymity told this publication in their opinion the sale will impact generations to come in a good way.
The sale according to the meeting agenda published Sunday night, is for $50 million.
The public will be able to comment on the proposed sale.
Last year council approved a name change from Bristol Borough Water & Sewer Authority to Bristol Borough Sewer Authority due to confusion officials said,
The borough sewer authority runs sewer services and operates a water treatment plant in the maple beach area.
Council members pointed out the two have been operating as separate entities for years now, but the separation was not recognized officially.
Lower Bucks Source reached out to borough officials Friday to confirm reports of an impending sale, however, those officials were unavailable for comment as of publication time.
A source with intimate knowledge of the discussions said officials were told to remain tight lipped about the potential sale until Monday nights “special meeting.”
Meanwhile, sales of sewer systems by municipalities to other entities has been on the upswing, according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Most recently Lower Makefield’s sold its sewer system to Aqua PA for $53 million.
The impacts of Bristol selling its system for customers are unclear.
BCWSA did bid on that purchase prior to its sale to Aqua Pa.
BCWSA is an independent, non-profit agency formed in 1962 under the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Act. It is one of the largest water and sewer authorities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania providing water and sewer services to more than 100,000 households, business accounts, and some 525,000 people in the southeastern Pennsylvania, according to its website.
Bristol sold its water system and treatment plant in the mid 1990’s to Aqua Pennsylvania. The now privately owned system provides water service for the borough and surrounding sections of Bristol Township
BCWSA did not respond to requests for comment as of Monday,
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