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04/04/2006 Contact: 850-413-6482

Commission Approves Aloha Settlement

TALLAHASSEE — A long-running dispute between Aloha Utilities, Inc. and its customers was settled Tuesday by the Florida Public Service Commission.

The five member Commission unanimously approved an agreement endorsed by consumer representatives, the utility, and the Office of Public Counsel that addresses a wide range of issues raised during a decade of disagreements over how to address water quality concerns.

“This settlement shows what can be achieved when negotiation is encouraged over litigation,” Commission Chairman Lisa Polak Edgar said.  “The Commission brought the parties to the table and they were able to resolve their differences.”

The settlement lays out specific water treatment methods that will be used to address water quality issues, provides a construction schedule for completing the additions and  provides for continued testing of water quality.     

Aloha is a water and wastewater utility located in Pasco County. The utility consists of two distinct service areas, Aloha Gardens and Seven Springs.