York Water Co. acquires water and wastewater systems in Adams County

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
York Water Co. in York City, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York Water Co. has acquired water and wastewater systems that serve a resort-style community for older adults in Adams County, company President JT Hand announced Friday.

The company purchased the water systems that serve Amblebrook Gettysburg from CCD Rock Creek, the developer of Amblebrook. The purchased expands the company's footprint to 51 municipalities in York, Adams and Franklin counties.

Hand declined to give details about how much the company paid for the water systems.

“They were looking for a responsible, well-operated utility,” Hand said. “And they found the York Water Co. It’s been a fantastic experience from start to finish.”

Amblebrook has been under construction since last year. The project aims to provide a resort-style community for adults over the age of 55. 

It is still under development, but upon completion, York Water Co. will own and operate treatment plants that serve an estimated 2,000 residential homes at the development.

York City, where York Water Co. is based, is also in the process of selling its wastewater treatment plant.

Facing looming tax hikes and job cuts due to a $14 million budget deficit, York City Mayor Michael Helfrich has said selling the plant is a last resort to prevent the cost-cutting measures.

Hand, however, declined to comment when asked if the company was interested in purchasing the plant.

The city's deadline for accepting bids is Dec. 9.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD