Artesian Water Company, a subsidiary of Artesian Resources Corporation acquired the water system of the Town of Frankford in Sussex County in early April. Artesian is based south of Newark.
An agreement to buy the system had been announced earlier.
Artesian has invested approximately $44 million over the past three years in water and wastewater infrastructure in Sussex County and will continue to make future investments.
Artesian’s focus on growth in Sussex County has centered on creating a larger regional water system, interconnecting existing systems to new service territories for additional reliability.
The Town of Frankford is located near Artesian’s Greater Dagsboro Water Treatment Plant, currently under construction. The plant will provide an additional supply of 2 million gallons per day to the region.
More than seven miles of new water main and 45 fire hydrants will be constructed in this regional system, interconnecting the Town of South Bethany to Frankford and Dagsboro, covering 20 square miles of service territory and serving nearly 6,000 customers.
“Artesian’s investments in Sussex County and securing this latest acquisition has positioned us to continue to expand our service territory, interconnecting this larger regional area with high quality and reliable water service,” said Dian C. Taylor, CEO. The completion of this acquisition is Artesian’s fifth over the past three years, including the water systems of the Slaughter Beach Water Company, High Point, Cantwell, Odessa and Fort DuPont in Delaware City.
Artesian provides water and wastewater services in Delaware and Cecil County, MD.
Artesian supplies 8.3 billion gallons of water each year through 1,331 miles of water main to nearly a third of Delaware residents.