Illinois American Water signs agreement to acquire Granite City wastewater collection system

Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), has entered into an agreement with Granite City to acquire the City’s wastewater collection assets. The agreement for the sale of the wastewater collection system, which serves 12,500 customer connections, is for $18 million (S$24.4 million).

“Since 1885, Illinois American Water has delivered safe, reliable drinking water to Granite City. We enjoy being a part of the community and are excited to own and manage the wastewater collection for our valued customers in Granite City,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President. “Our team’s expertise is a benefit to communities looking to sell their water and/or wastewater assets to Illinois American Water. We are proud of these partnerships.”

Illinois American Water will seek approval of the acquisition from the Illinois Commerce Commission. The company expects to close the transaction in late 2020, pending regulatory approval.

Approval for the pending transaction will be sought under the Illinois Systems Viability Act, which allows municipalities in Illinois to sell water and wastewater systems for a price based on fair market value. Prior to the Systems Viability Act, the valuation process was based on assessing the system’s original cost at the time of construction – which may be 50 years old or more – less depreciation and contributed property.

The company has also signed purchase agreements with the Villages of Andalusia, Leonore, Shiloh and Sydney as well as the Cities of Rosiclare and Jerseyville.