Patriot Ledger

By Amy McKeever 
amckeever@wickedlocal.com 

Posted Feb 18, 2019 at 7:01 PMUpdated Feb 18, 2019 at 7:35 PM

  

Aquarion Water Company invited Hingham Selectmen to a debate on the potential water system buy last week, but Selectmen will not bite.

A press release Feb. 13 from Aquarion suggested three dates in March to debate the proposed purchase of the portion of Aquarion that services Hingham, Hull and North Cohasset. The purchase, in swing since 2012, will go to town meeting in April.

In an email Monday, Board of Selectmen Chairman Paul Healey said the town has no interest in debating the issue further with Aquarion. He noted the four years spent debating the price and right to purchase the system with Aquarion.

“We did engage in a lengthy fulsome debate with Eversource [dba Aquarion] already,” he said.

Instead Healey said the town will focus on conversations with citizens on the issue. A public information meeting on the proposed purchase of the water company Saturday March 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the town hall will give residents an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Aquarion Vice president of operations John Walsh said a debate would shed light on the future of the water system if the town were to take it over, in terms of water bills and reliability.

“Information provided by Town officials has raised more questions than answers,” Walsh said in a statement.

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