MAWSS Vote: What's Next?

MAWSS Vote: What's Next?

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PRICHARD, ALABAMA - The controversial vote involving the Prichard water system is finished, but customers may not see changes when it comes to their bills.

Even though voters gave their approval, it is no guarantee that MAWSS will actually take over the Prichard water system.

Next the vote has to be certified, which will take place in the next week. Then it's up to the MAWSS board to pass a resolution taking on the Prichard customers.

"Before the assets of the Prichard water system are transferred to mawss our board has to accept all the debt liabilities and contracts that the Prichard board has already committed to," said Barbara Shaw, MAWSS Communications Director.

The referendum says the board has 90 days to do that. In between a lot of calculations will be taking place.

“The cost of running their system is dependent on how much it cost to run the system which includes all of their debts and their contracts and their obligations so that is what we need to find out, what it costs before we can determine what can be done with rates,” said Shaw.

Last week the Prichard Water Board signed a five year agreement with their managing partner.

MAWSS officials say that contract is something they want to study closely. They say they've put in repeated requests to get the document but have not gotten anything back.


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