Bratt-Davisville Water System To Be Acquired By Escambia River Electric

August 29, 2013

Escambia River Electric Cooperative will soon be expanding their water service area in North Escambia, after the membership of the Bratt-Davisville Water System voted to be acquired and operated by EREC.

Under the agreement, EREC will maintain and provide water service to Bratt-Davisville’s 800 customers and expand the water service to the unserved areas of the two communities as is feasible and allowed by franchise agreements.

“EREC will operate the water utility system as a non-profit operation under the same principles as it  currently operates its electrical distribution system in order to provide the best possible  water service at the least possible cost to the present and future customers of the water distribution system,” said EREC Marketing Director Sabrina Owens.

“As our community’s needs grow and as technology improves, EREC continually strives to expand the services and programs that we offer to our members,” she said.

EREC currently operates the Walnut Hill Water Works, which serves about 700 customers in the Walnut Hill area.

Pictured: The Bratt-Davisville Water System office on Highway 97 in Davisville, just south of the Alabama state line. photo, click to enlarge.


8 Responses to “Bratt-Davisville Water System To Be Acquired By Escambia River Electric”

  1. Duke of Wawbeek on August 30th, 2013 4:56 am

    I always thought that place was Water BeD Systems.

    That & looks like an e from the road.

  2. well ok on August 29th, 2013 8:59 am

    Hope they keep Sherry and Michelle. Sherry has been there a long time and does everything. Great people.

  3. M on August 29th, 2013 8:15 am

    This merger could work to cut costs. I would think that combining these two water services under the management of EREC would serve to cut redundant costs such as billing, meter reading, and office expenses. EREC will also maintain 24 hour a day dispatch for repairs and service. With the combining of these two water systems, the reliability of both systems should improve, especially if they are interconnected . Such interconnection would serve to provide back up capacity to keep the system operational in the case of a major fire, or failure of a well, or any other component of the system. It sounds like this is potentially a good thing for the North End, especially if the water system is managed as well as the electric system.

  4. Undersight on August 29th, 2013 8:13 am

    This should reduce overall costs. EREC already has a water system in place (when they acquired Walnut Hill Water Works), and our bills did not go up then. It seems to me that operating costs go down when already working larger systems are carried over to smaller systems that were not working. This will be great for the Bratt-Davisville system. Thank you EREC for helping out the little guy.

  5. just saying on August 29th, 2013 6:19 am

    Okay so that boils down to residents paying more. It’s called a monopoly and it should not be.

  6. mike stuart on August 29th, 2013 5:39 am

    good maybe the cost will go down.

  7. Oversight on August 29th, 2013 5:33 am

    And here it comes, everyone with EREC electric service will now carry Bratt-Davisville’s system through your electric bills. How about full disclosure of what is is going to cost EREC members to take on Bratt-Davisville water. Ask questions about the fisical health of the water company and its current operation. Expansion of the water system shouldn’t be the concern, but rather how many of the existing water lines are beyond service life and require replacement. Get ready to spend millions; do I hear an EREC rate increase coming?!

  8. well on August 29th, 2013 4:57 am

    As long as we still have Lamont it should all be good.

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