PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) – Some Prichard residents tell FOX10 News they don’t believe their expensive water bills will ever go down now that the Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Prichard is back in control.
Back in June, 52% of Mobile County voters approved a referendum allowing Mobile Area Water and Sewer System to take over Prichard’s water system.
“Our hands are tied. We can’t do anything. We can vote again. No that won’t happen… we can strike we can do whatever it takes, it won’t happen,” said Prichard resident, Janet Gilmore. “Prichard is not going to let go of the water company.”
MAWSS announced Tuesday, September 2, it will not take control of the Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Prichard.
“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.”
Prichard Mayor Troy Ephriam says with this is a step in the right direction.
“The City is prepared to work directly with Prichard Water to effect the change our citizens sought in June,” Ephriam said in a press release.
The Prichard Water Works and Sewer Board says the system is “solvent, stable and sound utility with assets valued at more than $75 million.”