FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- November 04, 2021
Contact: Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300
PSC Approves Missouri-American Water Company Request
to Purchase Garden City Water and Sewer Systems
JEFFERSON CITY---The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request filed by the Missouri-American Water Company (MAWC) seeking a certificate of convenience and necessity to install, own, acquire, operate and maintain a water and sewer system in and around Garden City, Missouri (Garden City), in Cass County.
In this case, MAWC sought to acquire and operate the assets of a municipal water and sewer system in Garden City. MAWC proposes to adopt the water and sewer rates that Garden City charges its customers at the time of closing, until such time as the rates are modified according to law. Garden City overwhelmingly approved selling the assets to MAWC in a November 3, 2020 election.
The Commission approved the application determining: 1) There is a need for the service; 2) MAWC is qualified to provide the proposed service; 3) MAWC has the financial ability to provide the service; 4) MAWC’s proposal is economically feasible; and 5) The service promotes the public interest.
“Based on the application and Staff’s recommendations, the Commission concludes that the factors for granting a certificate of convenience and necessity to MAWC have been satisfied and that it is in the public’s interest for MAWC to provide water and sewer service to the customers currently served by Garden City,” said the Commission. “Further, the Commission finds that MAWC possesses adequate technical, managerial, and financial capacity to operate the water and sewer system it wishes to purchase from Garden City.”
MAWC provides water service to approximately 470,000 customers in Missouri. It also provides sewer service to approximately 15,000 customers in the state. The City of Garden City currently serves approximately 725 water customers and approximately 691 sewer customers.