July WaterWorks News: Rate hikes spur opposition, water main causes cave-in, stimulus funds arriving slowly

July 2010 Vol. 65 No. 7
A scene in Gainesville after a water main burst flooded a street and caused a cave-in.

ISCO Industries also contacted pipe manufacturer JM Eagle to donate toward the program. Collaboratively ISCO Industries and JM Eagle donated $2,000. It costs the alliance approximately $500 for each student to participate in the program.

WERF has a new address
The Water Environment Research Foundation’s suite number and phone number have changed. The new address is 635 Slaters Lane, Suite G-110, Alexandria, VA 22314-1177. WERF’s main phone number is now (571) 384.2100.

EPCOR acquires Arizona water provider
EPCOR Utilities Inc. has signed an agreement for the acquisition of all outstanding shares of Chaparral City Water Company of Arizona.

Chaparral, a subsidiary of American States Water Company, is a public utility company engaged principally in the purchase, production, distribution and sale of water to about 13,000 customers in the Town of Fountain Hills and a small portion of Scottsdale, AZ. The Metropolitan Phoenix area, including Fountain Hills and Scottsdale, is one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States.

"This investment provides EPCOR entry into the water utility market in Arizona," said President and CEO Don Lowry. "It establishes a base in the U.S. South West from which we intend to grow our water business. Gaining presence in this market is a key part of EPCOR's growth strategy and we look forward to serving these customers and being an active member of the community."

The $35-million acquisition including the assumption of approximately $6 million of long-term debt by EPCOR Water (USA) Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of EPCOR Utilities Inc., is subject to regulatory approval by the Arizona Corp. Commission, which is anticipated to be accomplished in 2011. The acquisition will be funded with cash or debt financing. Chaparral has 12 employees, who are expected to continue to operate the utility within EPCOR once the transaction closes.

In addition to its staff, Chaparral assets include a water distribution system and 15 million-gallon-per-day water treatment plant in Fountain Hills. This is EPCOR's first water acquisition in the U.S.

EPCOR is a provider of drinking water and wastewater services to more than one million people in over 70 communities in Western Canada. EPCOR owns and/or operates 24 water treatment and distribution facilities and 24 wastewater treatment and collection facilities.