United Water Co. has purchased the water system of the 126-resident Candlewood Terrace-Carmen Hill Orchards.

Its aim is to improve the water quality to the homeowners in that area, according to a company news release.

United Water is an international company serving some 24,000 customers in New Milford, Newtown, Woodbury, Bethel and Brookfield.

The Candlewood Terrace-Carmen Hill Orchards system is adjacent to United Water holdings.

"As a much larger water company, we bring a wealth of engineering, planning, customer service and technical expertise to our newest customers," said Michael J. Pointing, United Water's vice president and general manager.

"These skills are essential to meet increasingly stringent water-quality regulations," he added, "and to provide our customers with safe, high-quality water and reliable service."

The acquisition relates to the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority's policy to have larger companies acquire smaller ones to provide strong service, quality and reliability, the release stated.

Representatives of the former company could not be reached Monday for comment.

United Water intends to make several investments to enhance the water system, including well improvements and upgrades to the disinfection process.

The company will also install meters to ensure accurate billing.

"Our first priority is to transfer services from the Candlewood Terrace-Carmen Hill Orchards Water Co. to United Water, as seamlessly as possible," Mr. Pointing said.

For more information about water rates, or any other information, call 860-354-4118, email uwctcustomerservice@unitedwater.com or visit www.unitedwater.com/uwct.