PORTLAND, OR, DEC 27, 2017 -- NW Natural has announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire Salmon Valley Water Company and Falls Water Company, two privately owned water utilities in the Pacific Northwest. Salmon Valley, based in Welches, Ore., serves approximately 975 customers, and Falls Water, based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, serves approximately 5,500 customers. The acquisitions mark NW Natural's entrance into the regulated water utility sector.
"The water utility sector is an excellent strategic fit for our company," stated David H. Anderson, president and chief executive officer of NW Natural. "Each of the core competencies that NW Natural excels at -- customer service, safety, environmental stewardship, reliability and managing critical distribution infrastructure -- are equally applicable to the water utility sector. We look forward to bringing these capabilities to our new customers and stakeholders in Welches and Idaho Falls."
Both Salmon Valley Water Company and Falls Water Company will continue to operate as standalone subsidiaries.
Anderson added, "While these transactions and the companies' continuing operations are not expected to have a material impact on NW Natural's financial results, we view these acquisitions as the first step in a broader strategy. The water utility sector has a risk profile and business model that is similar to our core gas utility. There are also substantial investment opportunities over the long term, as water infrastructure needs to be replaced and upgraded to serve growing communities with safe, clean drinking water."
The transactions are subject to certain conditions, including approvals by the Public Utility Commission of Oregon and the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, and are expected to close in 2018.
About NW Natural
NW Natural is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to more than 730,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in western Oregon and southwestern Washington. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.