Evansville will take over operation and management of its water and sewer system after 17 years of management by private companies.

Mayor Jonathon Weinzapfel said the move would save the city $14 million over the next five years.

“It’s the utility’s experience that private management has not fulfilled expectations nor provided the necessary level of expertise,” Weinzapfel said in a statement. “The savings we will realize under city control will go toward operations and capital improvements and allow the utility to hire and retain expertise required to run a first-rate operation.”

Environmental Management Corp. has managed the city’s wastewater system since 1992, and American Water manages its water system, according to city officials.

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