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Update 3: Joint Petition sent to State Corporation Commission on November 21, 2018
The joint petition was submitted by the City and Aqua VA to the State Corporation Commission on November 21st. The petition requests the transfer of the service area from Aqua VA to the City of Chesapeake. The SCC can take as long as 180 days to make their decision; however, we are optimistic that the SCC will approve the transfer, and in significantly less time than six months.
The following is an updated list of steps. Many items are being completed concurrently.
- Step 1 - Execute Contract
- Completed October 18th
- Step 2 – Due diligence process
- Underway, to be completed by January 25, 2019
- Step 3 - Engineering design of long-term improvements
- Underway, scheduled to be completed by June 2019
- Step 4 - State Corporation Commission approval of purchase
- Underway, date undeterminable
- Step 5 – Develop Transition Plan for the Virginia Department of Health
- Underway, scheduled to be completed by January 2019
- Step 6 - Closing
- Closing (ownership transfer), SCC approval date + 30 days
- Step 7 - Closing + 90 days
- Make initial connections to system, design underway
- Discontinue use of existing wells & treatment system
- Install some fire hydrants
- Step 8 - Closing + 12 months
- Construct long-term improvements (18 month construction time frame, starting ≈ July 2019)
You will see additional Chesapeake City employee activity in the area as Public Utilities’ staff performs their due diligence. This includes becoming familiar with the system so that we can proficiently run it upon closing of the sale. More detail about the project is found at http://www.cityofchesapeake.net/government/city-departments/departments/Public-Utilities-Department/aqua-virginia.htm .
David Jurgens, P.E.
Public Utilities Director