Petersburg water committee formed

Source: John Adam, The Progress-Index, March 7, 2017

In an eventful night for the city council, each council member appointed a citizen to an ad hoc committee, whose duty it will be to further examine the bids for the water system. The ad hoc committee, will be tasked with “collecting relevant data relating to the operations of the water and sewer systems of the city”. This committee will study other localities that have privatized its water system, and it will also rank alternatives to selling the system with supporting justifications. … The committee will look at the bids submitted by Aqua Virginia Water Company and Virginia American Water Company, and will report its findings to the committee in the upcoming months. …

Petersburg considers privatizing water department; residents call for more changes
Source: Brent Solomon, NBC12, December 14, 2016

Petersburg leaders will consider handing over the city-owned water department to a private vendor. This comes after a debacle dating back several months with the city’s utility department following inaccurate bills, faulty water meters, and not enough staff members to handle all of the concerns. One company has already put in a bid to take over the city’s water department. Now, Petersburg must advertise to see who else is willing to step up to the plate. Residents have had enough when it comes to the city water woes, forcing those who run the city to take a closer look. … Bobb urged council to consider handing over the water department to an outside company. Council members approved the recommendation. There are about 25 or so employees in the department. Bobb explained what would happen to their jobs. “Employees are always protected,” Bobb said. “That’s what you’d want to see in this deal?” NBC 12 asked. “It will absolutely happen,” he responded. The company would handle billing and collections for Petersburg. The city will now advertise to see if there are any other bids and review the options over the next 45 days. …