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The Lawrence County Board of Commissioners is getting out of the wastewater treatment business, and residential bills are about to double as a result.

Last week, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved the sale of the Union Rome Sewer District to Aqua Water for $25.5 million. As part of the deal, Aqua agreed to invest $12.7 million in wastewater system improvements in the next five years to meet regulatory and environmental demands.

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