From a story
originally reported by Catherine Shoichet
After two years of employing Severn Trent Services to operate Citrus County's water system the Florida Governmental Utility Authority has chosen a joint venture of US Water and Wade Trim to manage its 26 systems and for Florida counties.
Wade Trim-US Water proposed a 5-year budget of $15.3 million more than the current operator, Severn Trent.
Optech (wholly owned
subsidiary of Southwest Water) proposed $48.7 million for its
five year budget; Severn Trent proposed $50.8-million; while Wade-Trim/
US Water proposed $66.2-million.
Joseph Graziose, Severn Trent's vice president of services, said he was not happy that FGUA had ranked his company second out of the three proposals submitted. Graziose questioned how the FGUA could accept a proposal that requires $15.3 million more than his company offered.
FGUA systems manager, Robert Sheets, said the budget proposals made up just 30 percent of the factors committee members considered. More important, he said, were proposals for business management and technical and customer services issues. He emphasized that rates will not increase when the systems management changes.