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Middle Atlantic States Pennsylvania Emlenton

Emlenton, Pennsylvania

Emlenton was incorporated as a borough in 1859.

The Emlenton Water Company was incorporated on April 29, 1874 and reincorporated on April 14, 1879.  They built a gravity and pumping system in 1878.

The company was bought it by Bob and Beverly Eckelbarger in 1962.  They sold it to Nido's Ltd, who owned several local natural gas systems, who filed an application to abandon the water system.  This was denied and Nido's muddled along for several years until the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission brought in Aqua Pennsylvania to operate the system in November, 2008. 

The company was sold to Aqua Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of Aqua America, in December, 2008. 

Water is provided by Aqua Pennsylvania.

1888 "Emlenton," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 1.

1890 "Emlenton," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 2.

1891 "Emlenton," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 3.

1897 "Emlenton," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 4.

1970 "Emlenton Water Co. Renovated in 1969," The Oil City Derrick, January 31, 1970, Page 39.

1999 Application of Nido's Ltd., Inc., for (1) approval of the transfer of all the property and rights of Emlenton Water Company to Nido's Ltd., Inc., docketed at A-120007F0004; and (2) for the approval of the abandonment of water service to the public in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Emlenton Water Company

2008 Aqua America PA Subsidiary Acquires Emlenton Water Company, December 31, 2008
Aqua America, Inc. (NYSE:WTR) announced today that its Pennsylvania subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., has completed the acquisition of the Emlenton Water Company, which serves approximately 1,200 people in portions of Emlenton Borough and Richland Township, Venango County and Richland Township, Clarion County in western Pennsylvania in a transaction valued at $475,000.
Aqua Pennsylvania has been operating the troubled utility as its certified operator under an emergency order from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission since November 21, 2008. Since that time, Aqua Pennsylvania has had full operational control of Emlenton's water supply treatment plant and distribution system. Emlenton customers have been on a boil water order since April 29, 2008 as a result of several issues that remain in effect.

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