Rep. Kirkland issues statement on potential sale of Chester Water Authority, suggests town hall for residents

CHESTER, Aug. 19 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, is issuing a statement in reaction to the hot-button issue of the potential sale of the Chester Water Authority.

After a week of legal maneuvering from both the Chester Water Authority and the city of Chester last week ended with the Delaware Court of Common Pleas issuing an order to preserve the status quo for 30 days, Kirkland, whose 159th Legislative District includes the city of Chester, offered this reaction:

“There has been much said concerning the Chester Water Authority and the question to monetize. As state representative of the 159th District, I have been following the conversation from all sides, and I believe that all parties involved will, in a timely fashion, work things out.

“The rate payers and the workers should be the first priority as these discussions progress. Is Chester Water the best water in the nation? The answer is yes. Are the hard-working employees not only an asset to the authority, but also the community? Yes! Are low rates a must in any negotiations? Absolutely!

“It is my hope that the mayor and council will host a town hall so that the residents of Chester and all those affected by a potential deal might have input concerning the future of the CWA.

“Let me be clear: I support our rate payers and our workers, and I know that Chester Water is the best water available. Let the conversation begin, and let’s stop the politics.”

Kirkland said he will continue to inform his legislative district with any updates on this issue from Chester or the Chester Water Authority.