Another company comes forward to express interest in taking JEA private

American Water, a New Jersey-based public utility company, has confirmed that it has bid on JEA — the fourth of 17 bidders to identify itself in a process that so far remained shrouded in secrecy.

American Water has a 25 million-gallon-per-day desalination plant in Tampa, which supplies about 10 percent of the drinking water for the Tampa Bay area, and a Homeowner Services partnership with Orlando Utilities Commission.

“American Water has responded to JEA’s Invitation to Negotiate, and…


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