EPCOR Water (USA) Inc.

EPCOR Water (USA) Inc.

May 09, 2016 18:00 ET

EPCOR Water USA Completes Willow Valley Water Company Acquisition

PHOENIX, ARIZONA--(Marketwired - May 9, 2016) - EPCOR Water (USA) Inc. (EPCOR USA), a wholly owned subsidiary of EPCOR Utilities Inc. (EPCOR), has completed the previously announced acquisition of Willow Valley Water Company (Willow Valley).

"Willow Valley complements our existing regional footprint in northwestern Arizona and is a natural step as we continue to expand our business," said Joe Gysel, President of EPCOR USA. "We believe that our focus on customer service and operational excellence will benefit the customers of Willow Valley, now and in the future."

Through its Arizona subsidiary EPCOR Water Arizona Inc., EPCOR USA acquired substantially all of the assets and operations of Willow Valley Water Company for approximately US$2.27 million. The acquisition has received regulatory approval from the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Willow Valley provides water service to approximately 1,600 customer connections in the Bullhead City area, a service territory approximately 10 miles south of EPCOR USA's Mohave and North Mohave water districts.

With the acquisition of Willow Valley, EPCOR USA now provides water service to more than 21,000 connections in Mohave County. EPCOR USA also provides wastewater service to approximately 1,560 connections in Fort Mohave.

Willow Valley is the company's sixth acquisition since entering the United States. In 2011, the company acquired Chaparral City Water Company, followed by the 2012 acquisition of American Water's Arizona and New Mexico assets and operations. In 2013, EPCOR USA acquired North Mohave Valley Corporation in Arizona and Thunder Mountain Water Company in New Mexico, as well as the existing agreements and master-planning responsibilities to provide wastewater and recycled water services to a 7,000-acre development corridor in Glendale, Arizona.

Today, EPCOR USA is the largest, private regulated water utility in Arizona and New Mexico, providing water and wastewater service to more than 205,000 customer connections across 22 communities and seven counties.

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About EPCOR Water USA

EPCOR USA is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of EPCOR Utilities Inc. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, EPCOR USA's wholly owned subsidiaries build, own and operate water and wastewater treatment facilities and infrastructure in the southwestern United States. EPCOR USA is the parent company of EPCOR Water Arizona Inc.

About EPCOR Utilities Inc.

EPCOR's wholly owned subsidiaries build, own and operate electrical transmission and distribution networks, water and wastewater treatment facilities and infrastructure in Canada and the United States. The Company's subsidiaries also provide electricity and water services and products to residential and commercial customers. EPCOR, headquartered in Edmonton, is an Alberta top 70 employer. EPCOR's website address is www.epcor.com.

Contact Information

  • Rebecca Stenholm
    Director, Public & Government Affairs
    EPCOR Water (USA) Inc.
    O 623.445.2424
    C 602.390.5662
    rstenholm@epcor.com