The auction for Falls Church Water scheduled for Friday morning has been canceled until further notice.
The Office of Legal Counsel of the Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provided a written opinion on March 8 stating the Washington Aqueduct was authorized to sell water to an investor or government owned water system, according to a release from the city Thursday night.
According to the release, the city “relied on this written determination in moving forward with an open, fair and competitive bid process.”
Council approved the sale of the water company in April and set the minimum acceptable bid at $44 million. The city sent out a in February and received interest from and was one of the suitors interested in the 33-square mile water system.
The city’s sewage system is not included in the sale.