Water Industry News

Mayor Pursues Tenn Am Takeover

by Neil Nadel
Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Chattanooga mayor Ron Littlefield reaffirms his desire for the city to take control of Tennessee American Water Company.

Mayor Littlefield maintains that government control of the facility would be best for area citizens.

It would allow better linkage to nearby water companies, which are already under local control.

Littlefield says many southern cities face water quality issues. He adds this could be the time for Chattanooga to resolve water concerns.

And County Mayor Claude Ramsey agrees, "In the case of utility districts, I make the appointments of boards. And their purpose is not to make a profit but to serve the people of the area. I think it's a good opportunity for us to sit down and look at the possibilities."

Tenn Am says the water company is not for sale.

Mayor Littlefield still wants to explore options to get control of the utility.