This morning, the board of directors of the Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority (BCWSA) announced a year-long exclusivity deal with Aqua Pennsylvania to finalize the sale of the authority’s sewer system to the corporation.
This comes after months of community opposition, and it follows months of private conversations between the BCWSA board and the corporation, according to Food and Water Watch. The proposed $1.1 billion sale would be the largest sewer privatization in the United States.
Aqua Pennsylvania submitted an unsolicited proposal in late 2020 and has since been attending board meetings, said Food and Water Watch. The BCWSA has rejected Food & Water Watch’s Right to Know request for a copy of that proposal or any information about its ongoing conversations with the corporation.
According to a document submitted by BCWSA in response to an appeal of that denial, Aqua Pennsylvania has claimed that the proposal and all communication are confidential “without regard to time.”