MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The Mobile Area Water and Sewer System (MAWSS) will not be taking control of the Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Prichard.
According to a press release from MAWSS, a recently approved $32.8 million management contract coupled with financial shortfalls and regulatory deficiencies are just some of the reasons MAWSS will not be making the takeover.
“It is with much regret we announce today that the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System cannot take over the Prichard Water Works due to a number of issues beyond MAWSS’ control,” said Maynard Odom, Chair of the MAWSS Board. “This decision was reached after an intense assessment of the system’s current contractual obligations, financial stability and its capital needs.”
Odom said the decision by the Prichard Water Board to approve a multi-million dollar five-year management contract with Severn Trent Services (STS), just a week before a county-wide vote to merge the two entities, has made it virtually impossible for MAWSS to assume responsibility for the system.