By MARK WOODSON
The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today announced that it had directed Suez Water New York Inc. to take over the day-to-day operations of a water company in Putnam County to ensure that the company’s customers will continue to receive a safe and adequate supply of water.
“The Commission is obligated to ensure that all regulated water systems provide safe and adequate service at just and reasonable prices,” said Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman. “Upon investigation, it was determined that the Forest Park Group failed to provide safe and adequate service to its Putnam County customers, and it lacks the capacity to provide such service going forward. Therefore, Suez Water is appointed as temporary operator.”
The Forest Park Group provides metered water service in 14 separate non-contiguous water systems to about 980 customers in the Towns of Carmel and Southeast in Putnam County and the Town of Lewisboro in Westchester County. The companies include Northeast Water Services, Forest Park Water Company, Inc., Hilltop Meadows Water-Works Corp., and Misty Hills Water Corporation.
The Commission has authority to appoint a temporary operator for a water utility with less than 1,000 customers when, after notice and an opportunity to be heard, the Commission finds that the utility either: failed to provide safe and adequate service; lacks necessary technical, financial or managerial ability; or actually or effectively abandoned the system. The owner of the Forest Park Group has communicated his consent for the appointment of a temporary operator.
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