Delaware Online has an insightful Cecil County Story today, concerning Artesian’s move into Maryland. We’ve clipped part of it here and the link at the bottom will take you to the reminder of the piece.
Delaware Online – Oct. 5, 2088 Arestian Growing, Moving Into Maryland
by Aaron Nathans —–
Artesian Resources’ expansion into Maryland is picking up steam, as the Cecil County Board of Commissioners prepares to vote on transferring many of its water and wastewater facilities and service areas to the Delaware-based utility. Artesian, based in Newark, is primed to take advantage of the expected significant growth that county has envisioned in its long-term plan. Moving into Maryland is “a natural progression” for Artesian, which has increased its territory in Delaware by 86 percent in the last decade, said its vice president, Joe DiNunzio. Much of this is land that is undeveloped.
Artesian has taken three steps in securing a foothold in Cecil County. First, it’s planning to purchase three county-owned wastewater facilities and all of the county’s water facilities, which serve unincorporated areas. Most Cecil County residents get those services from municipalities such as Elkton. Second, it has won a franchise agreement to serve the unincorporated area west of Elkton, effectively the area surrounding U.S. 40 and I-95, expected to be the site of heavy growth. And over the last year, it has purchased two private water systems in the area, Carpenters Point Water Co., and the Mountain Hill Water Co.
Artesian will add about 2,000 existing households in Cecil County to its water and wastewater services, Taylor said. They will pay $7 per 1,000 gallons, with no quarterly customer charge, through the end of 2010. She said that comes out similar to Delaware’s rate of $5.82 per 1,000 gallons with a quarterly fee of $31.67.
The county’s growth plans envision 25,000 more homes between now and 2030, and much of the area targeted for that growth falls within the area Artesian is securing.
Even in a difficult economy and housing market, that growth will be helped along by the relocation of military officials to the Aberdeen Proving Ground from the closing of Fort Monmouth in New Jersey.
The moves amount to Artesian’s first substantial foray over Delaware state lines.