Authority's board to meet Thursday on Avondale water deal

AIKEN - The Valley Public Service Authority board of commissioners will meet Thursday to decide the fate of the Avondale Mills water system takeover.

 

The commissioners will meet with board attorney Eric Shytle at 4:30 p.m. at the authority's office, 435 Pine St. in Gloverville. Commissioners will decide whether to accept or terminate the deal after learning that the system lost millions of gallons of water over a 26-day period.

That level of water loss would cost Valley Public an estimated $36,000 a month.

Accountant Michael Terry informed commissioners Monday night that the rundown water system the authority plans to purchase has lost more than 12 million gallons of water since December. Terry also said the system would continue to lose water even if the leak was repaired.

The authority is in its 120-day due diligence period before having to close on the deal. The commissioners had extended the period to Feb. 5 to deal with the water loss. Thursday night, commissioners will learn whether Avondale Mills accepted a counteroffer for purchase of the system.

The authority would serve 550 customers in Graniteville and Vaucluse if it decides to accept the deal.

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