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Missoula mayor meets with head of prospective buyer of city's water system


MISSOULA, Montana — Missoula's mayor is telling the prospective owner of the city's water supply that he will try to prevent another corporation from taking over the system.

Mayor John Engen met with Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. CEO Ian Robertson on Wednesday. Canada-based Algonquin Power recently announced plans to buy Missoula's privately owned Mountain Water Co. from The Carlyle Group.

Missoula has a condemnation claim pending in court to force Carlyle to sell Mountain Water to the city.

Engen told the Missoulian ( ) that his meeting with Robertson was cordial but said he would make it difficult for anybody but the city to own Mountain Water.

Robertson says his corporation's utility company serves communities the size of Missoula and he believes it's a perfect match.

Regulators must approve the Algonquin Power purchase.

Information from: Missoulian,

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