Survey shows majority of local residents oppose water co. buyout

By Beau Ebenezer

Survey shows majority of local residents oppose water co. buyout

October 4, 2013 Updated Oct 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- A new survey put out by Illinois American Water says a large majority of Peoria voters are against a water company buyout.

Due to a franchise agreement, the City of Peoria has the option to buy the water system every five years.

Right now, council members are still waiting on numbers for what a buyout could mean for the city.

According to water company officials, the survey of 400 registered voters shows 77% oppose a buyout.

"I think they have a great sense of pride because their water service has been the same company for 115 years," said Illinois American Water Company's manager of external affairs, Karen Cotton. "They don't want to see that change. I don't think they want to see a change in something that has been working."

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis seems to agree with the majority surveyed.

He's said in the past that taking on a $200 million private company would not be a good choice for the city.

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