Adds 570 service connections and increases water supply by approximately 40% in rapidly growing Comal County, Texas
The Texas Water Company, a subsidiary of SJW Group (NYSE: SJW), today announced that it has closed on the acquisitions of KT Water Development Ltd. and KT Water Resources L.P. The acquisitions will add 570 residential water service connections and an approximately 40% increase in the systemwide water supply available for current customer needs and future growth.
“We are a pure-play water and wastewater utility, and we are eager to serve our new customers in Comal County, Texas, and deliver high-quality water and reliable service to them,” stated Eric W. Thornburg, SJW Group chair, president and CEO. Thornburg added, “One critical aspect of this acquisition is the substantial water supplies that come with KT Water Resources. Our Texas service area is experiencing sustained and rapid population growth. The approximately 40% increase in supply will enable us to serve growth in the region for years to come.”
KT Water Development Ltd. currently serves approximately 570 customers in southern Comal County, Texas, with potential expansion opportunities of 150 connections.
KT Water Resources L.P. is a wholesale groundwater resource supplier to KT Water Development Ltd. The acquisition of KT Water Resources L.P. significantly increases system resiliency and improves Texas Water’s position to provide ample water for projected customer growth estimated through 2070.
“Our customers will begin seeing the benefits of our acquisition of KT Water Resources in the next two to three years,” stated Thomas Hodge, president of Texas Water Resources LLC, a nonregulated subsidiary of SJW Group in Texas that acquired the assets of KT Water Resources. Hodge added, “Integrating additional water supply from KT Water Resources to the entirety of our service area will require a substantial investment in drinking water infrastructure in the form of water treatment, pumping, distribution, and storage facilities. The design work and planning are well underway.”
The Public Utilities Commission of Texas approved the acquisition of KT Water Development on July 24. The acquisition of KT Water Resources did not require PUCT approval.
The Texas Water Company requested an applied rate doctrine treatment for this acquisition through the PUCT, which would allow the existing rates of The Texas Water Company to be applied to KT Water Development. A decision on applied rate treatment is expected in the fourth quarter of 2023, when the PUCT is expected to issue its final approval.
The Texas Water Company, located in the growth pathway between San Antonio and Austin, serves customers in three of the five fastest-growing counties in the United States. The company has closed more than 20 acquisitions since 2006 and has more than quadrupled the number of customers it serves from 6,500 water connections to over 26,000 water and 900 wastewater connections.
About The Texas Water Company
The Texas Water Company, a subsidiary of SJW Group, is a public water utility situated in the Texas Hill Country between Austin and San Antonio, providing service to approximately 78,000 people through over 26,000 water and 900 wastewater service connections. With three of the five fastest-growing counties in the United States between 2010 and 2019, Texas Water serves customers in Comal, Blanco, Kendall, Bandera, Medina, Hays and Travis counties.
About SJW Group
SJW Group is among the largest investor-owned pure-play water and wastewater utilities in the United States, providing life-sustaining and high-quality water service to nearly 1.5 million people. SJW Group’s locally led and operated water utilities – San Jose Water Company in California, The Connecticut Water Company in Connecticut, The Maine Water Company in Maine and SJWTX Inc. (dba The Texas Water Company) in Texas – possess the financial strength, operational expertise and technological innovation to safeguard the environment, deliver outstanding service to customers and provide opportunities to employees. SJW Group remains focused on investing in its operations, remaining actively engaged in its local communities and delivering continued sustainable value to its stockholders. For more information about SJW Group, please visit www.sjwgroup.com.
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