We know that the decision to sell your municipal system or partner with Aqua is important, and we’re sure you have questions. Below are some of the water privatization FAQs we receive. If you have additional questions related to Aqua, our water company, private water and wastewater services, or would like to learn more about a partnership with Aqua, please contact us.
Water Privatization FAQ
Do you have the capacity to serve my project?
As one of the largest publicly traded water utilities in the U.S., Aqua has the ability to finance acquisitions that many smaller companies cannot support. We have a proven track record of working with both private and municipal systems of all scopes and sizes. Contact us today to discuss your needs and learn how Aqua can help.
How many municipal systems do you operate?
Over the last 22 years, Aqua has acquired more than 25 municipal water systems, including large, medium and small systems of all kinds.
What are you willing to pay for my system?
Aqua is prepared to negotiate competitively for the acquisition of water and sewer systems of interest. Contact us to discuss your system’s value.
What do you need to know about my system to determine whether you are interested in purchasing it?
The easiest way to identify the information we will need is to contact an Aqua representative in your state, or a national contact, to discuss your system and its needs.
How long does it take to close a deal?
The length of a utility sale can vary greatly and depends on many factors. Because of our scale, Aqua can leverage our existing resources to ensure the process is as efficient and smooth as possible.
Will our customers’ rates increase once a private company is brought on board?
Rates are not set by private water companies – that is the responsibility of a government entity. However, the majority of Aqua’s customers currently pay about a penny per gallon for quality water delivered directly to their taps.
Will Aqua invest in improving my system’s infrastructure?
The EPA has estimated that an investment of $384 billion for water systems and $390 billion for wastewater systems is needed for required infrastructure improvements in the next 20 years. Aqua is committed to renewing and improving water and wastewater infrastructure through thoughtful and continuous capital investment. Our company’s low cost of debt and low operating cost structure allowed Aqua to invest $2.8 billion in infrastructure between 2004 and 2013, including thousands of miles of pipe replacements and plant upgrades to enhance water quality. Additionally, we expect to invest $1 billion in infrastructure improvements over the next three years.