The Pine Strawberry Water Improvement board at its Oct. 21 meeting agreed to hire a Colorado firm with projects in Buenos Aires, Japan and New Zealand to run the two towns’ water companies.
The firm, CH2M Hill, is touted as an experienced management company with the resources and background needed to meet the extensive government regulations water companies are required to comply with including such things as health, safety, security and the environment.
With a professional operations team on board for at least four years, there are those who believe PSWID could find it easier to refinance the loan it currently has with Compass Bank.
CH2M Hill will take over the daily operations of the water companies including training employees, billing and customer service.
The district has been handling those duties since the two water companies were purchased from Brooke Utilities in October 2009.
CH2M Hill currently manages water operations in Prescott Valley. Also at the meeting, the board agreed to remove restrictions on the installation and management of new and seasonal water meters.