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September 19, 2014
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Melody Lake water takeover; The town steps in when private operators fail


White Knight effectively abandoned the facility on September 28 without permission from the PSC, leaving no one in charge of the aging facility. After that, town officials applied to become the temporary operator of the facility with several conditions, including one which would allow them to abandon the agreement within 30 days.

The PSC’s order granting approval for the town to become the temporary operator of the plant says, “The town is willing to undertake the burdens of operating a system apparently on the verge of collapse, when it exercises an obligation to protect its other residents. Authorizing abandonment on 30 days notice adequately balances the interests of Melody Lake homeowners and town residents and is reasonable in these unique circumstances.”