A legal matter regarding Winola Water Company may be on its way to a resolution.
In November of 2018, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission filed an emergency order against WWC stating it failed to correct water conditions for its customers after the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection deemed it unsafe to drink.
The PUC’s Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement also argued that WWC did not provide customers with an alternative source of potable water.
WWC serves 10 year round and 25 seasonal customers in the Lake Winola area.
Pennsylvania American Water Company was appointed as the “receiver,” giving it the responsibility of overseeing WWC operations for now.
“Per the emergency order issued by the commission in November 2018, Pennsylvania American Water Company continues to file quarterly status reports in the receivership of the Winola system,” said Nils Hagen-Frederiksen, spokesperson for the PUC.
The PUC and PAWC, along with the Office of Consumer Advocate, have reached an agreement to resolve the matter, “subject to the negotiation of an acceptable asset purchase agreement” between the two companies, according to legal documents.
Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge Joel Cheskis suspended the procedural schedule that was previously established to allow the parties to negotiate.
The parties involved must submit another quarterly status update by February.