In 2014, a group of citizens became concerned that the water company feasibility study, which had been approved by Town Meeting in 2012, had fallen by the wayside. They publicly advocated for the creation of an independent committee that would be charged with the task of completing the study so that residents could be provided with the information needed to make an informed decision about the purchase of the water company.
Between 2014 and 2018, residents regularly asked questions about the financial, governance and operational aspects of the proposed acquisition. The Hingham Board of Selectmen promised that it would be forthcoming once a price had been established by the courts.
In the spring of 2018, a price was, in fact, set by the courts; however, the Selectmen have yet to fulfil their promise of providing the community with detailed and accurate information that could be discussed and debated in an open forum. This is the largest purchase the Town of Hingham has ever considered making, and it would impact other capital projects, like our schools.
Due to a growing concern that the purchase of the water company was being fast-tracked without the Board of Selectmen properly vetting the financial, governance and operational components, more and more people began joining the citizens' group, and they started holding regular meetings. Thus "Keep Aquarion" was born.