Tidewater Utilities to acquire Wilkerson, Broadkiln Beach Water Companies

DOVER — Tidewater Utilities, Inc., a subsidiary of Middlesex Water Company, will acquire Wilkerson and Broadkiln Beach Water Companies from J.H. Wilkerson & Son Inc. in Delaware.

The company said Wednesday it received approval from the Delaware Public Service Commission for the acquisitions as required by Delaware law when public utility water companies sell or transfer other water companies from one entity to another.

“We are pleased to welcome customers of Wilkerson Water and Broadkiln Beach Water Companies to the Tidewater family and we thank David Wilkerson for working to ensure a smooth transition,” President of Tidewater Utilities A. Bruce O’Connor said.

“Tidewater’s team of experienced professionals look forward to providing the high quality, local and reliable water service customers have depended upon under the leadership of the Wilkerson family.”

The approval also allows Tidewater to maintain the rates customers currently see through Wilkerson and Broadkiln Beach Water Companies, the company added. About 1,000 customers serviced through seven community water systems in Kent and Sussex Counties will be added to Tidewater Utilities, Inc. through this endeavor.

“Tidewater is well positioned, through its technical, managerial and operational expertise, to provide the customers of Wilkerson Water and Broadkiln Beach the same level of safe, adequate and reliable service our current customer base receives.

“Wilkerson and Broadkiln customer rates will remain in effect after the acquisition. In addition, current Tidewater customers will see no change in rates or terms of service due to this acquisition,” Mr. O’Connor said.

Tidewater Utilities, which was established in 1964, currently serves more than 47,000 accounts in Delaware with water and wastewater services.
Middlesex Water Company began operation in 1897 and also serves New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Reach staff writer Jennifer Antonik at jantonik@newszap.com

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