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Hingham residents are invited to attend a public forum at Town Hall Tuesday at 7 p.m. discussing who should own Aquarion Water Co., the privately owned water provider that the town has been pursuing buying under state law. Hingham officials will ask Town Meeting this month for almost a half-million dollars to continue studying whether the town should buy the company as it battles the firm in court over how much the company is worth, citing rate hikes and poor service as its reason for buying. Hingham Selectman Bruce Rabuffo previously told the Globe that the town has a legal right to acquire the water infrastructure, which also serves Hull and part of Cohasset, at any time under the 1879 state law that established the service. The cost would be based on a price formula, according to the statute. John Walsh, Aquarion’s vice president of operations, previously told the Globe that the company was “interested in continuing to serve Hingham, Hull, and Cohasset.” Walsh and Rabuffo will share the stage on Tuesday to discuss the issue with residents, according to a statement from Aquarion representatives.