A long-running dispute between Aloha Utilities, Inc. and its customers
was settled Tuesday by the Florida Public Service Commission.
The five member Commission unanimously approved an agreement endorsed by
consumer representatives, the utility, and the Office of Public Counsel that
addresses a wide range of issues raised during a decade of disagreements over
how to address water quality concerns.
“This settlement shows what can be achieved when negotiation is
encouraged over litigation,” Commission Chairman Lisa Polak Edgar said. “The
Commission brought the parties to the table and they were able to resolve their
The settlement lays out specific water treatment methods that will be
used to address water quality issues, provides a construction schedule for
completing the additions and provides for continued testing of water quality.
Aloha is a water and wastewater
utility located in Pasco County. The utility consists of two distinct service
areas, Aloha Gardens and Seven Springs.