AWWA is an international nonprofit scientific and educational society dedicated to the improvement of drinking water quality and supply. Founded in 1881, AWWA is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world. Its more than 50,000 members represent the full spectrum of the drinking water community: treatment plant operators and managers, scientists, environmentalists, manufacturers, academicians, regulators, and others who hold genuine interest in water supply and public health. Membership includes more than 4,000 utilities that supply water to roughly 180 million people in North America. Chester Water Authority is an AWWA member.
Partnership for Safe Water
Formed in 1995, the Partnership for Safe Water is a voluntary cooperative effort among the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and other drinking-water organizations and water suppliers across the nation. The goal of the Partnership is to enhance the quality of drinking-water safety by optimizing treatment plant performance.
A water supplier that is a member of the Partnership commits to a standard of performance that is higher than that required by federal rules and regulations. Chester Water Authority is a member.
Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association
The mission of the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association is to assist authorities in providing services that protect and enhance the environment, promote economic vitality and the general welfare of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its citizens.
Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc.
Pennsylvania One Call System is a non-profit Pennsylvania corporation created to protect the underground facilities of members through communication with any person(s) planning to disturb the earth. This communication network receives and processes line location requests from Excavators, Contractors, Plumbers, Builders, Designers, and the general public, and disseminates this work location information to all members based on their service agreements.
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Keep Our Water Public
Grassroots Community Outreach: Save CWA
CWA, as your regional water authority, sets goals that are dedicated to meeting the needs of the communities we serve in Delaware and Chester Counties. Being totally integrated into the region, we transcend county boundaries. Through capital projects and proactive maintenance, CWA invests in our water treatment and distribution infrastructure to deliver quality, service, and value to the community. CWA is part of your community. We are your neighbors and friends.
Year that CWA Board Rejected an Unsolicited Bid from Aqua
In 2017, Aqua made a $320M unsolicited bid to purchase CWA. CWA’s board unanimously rejected the offer.
Million Dollars and Counting
CWA board’s decision to reject the unsolicited bid has saved ratepayers over $276M and counting.
People Impacted By A Sale
Chester Water Authority has 45,127 direct residential and commercial customers in southern Chester County and western Delaware County including the City of Chester. CWA also provides water to Rising Sun, Maryland and northern Delaware.
Related to ongoing fight against privatization
Daily Times: Toilet to Tap: Pennsylvania seeing feeding frenzy of sales of public water/sewer systems
Release #1 Evidence of the Plot to take over CWA This recently revealed email dated 7/22/20 confirms the Receiver’s ”shopping trip” meeting with AQUA. These email revelations were made possible through the PA Right to Know Law. [pdf-embedder...
On April 29, Pennsylvania Supreme Court entered judgment in favor of the Chester Water Authority, entitling it to communications among the Commonwealth’s Department of Community and Economic Development, the private firm appointed as Act 47 coordinator, Econsult...
Letter sent RE: Ending the City of Chester's Receivership and Dispute with the Chester Water Authority [pdf-embedder url="https://chesterwater.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2021.4.15ltr-Mayor-Kirkland-v.pdf" title="Letter from CWA to Chester Mayor Kirkland, April 15,...
Letter from CWA to Michael Doweary, Receiver for the City of Chester, regarding misstatements about the Chester Water Authority
On March 23, Something in the Water appeared in The American Prospect, link below: https://prospect.org/environment/climate-of-opportunity/something-in-the-water/ The American Prospect is a Washington, D.C. based magazine which identifies itself as “an independent...
CWA received this letter today from two ratepayers in New Garden Township who collected petition signatures in support of CWA and legislation to support municipal water authorities (HB 144 and HB 97). The letter and petitions were sent to several elected officials in...