Aqua America subsidiaries purchase water and wastewater systems

Aqua America units in Pennsylvania, Illinois and North Carolina pick up systems in satellite developments to add to their customer base...

BRYN MAWR, PA, Jan. 7, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Aqua America Inc.'s Pennsylvania wastewater division, a subsidiary of Aqua Pennsylvania, recently acquired the newly-constructed wastewater system at The Links at Gettysburg, in a transaction that will be valued at $250,000, once development is completed.

The Links at Gettysburg is a golf course community that will serve approximately 1,200 residents in Mount Joy Township, Adams County. Aqua Pennsylvania acquired the water system at The Links in September 2004. Both systems will be operated out of the company's central Pennsylvania office in Shamokin.

In a similar transaction, the company's Illinois subsidiary, Aqua Illinois Inc., purchased the brand-new water and wastewater systems at the Hawthorn Woods Country Club from Toll Brothers Inc. for a combined investment of $3 million. Hawthorn Woods is a residential golf community that will serve approximately 1,800 residents in the Village of Hawthorn Woods, Lake County.

In addition to these new acquisitions, Aqua America completed 25 acquisitions of established systems in 2004. These acquisitions added 200,000 residents to the company's customer base.

Also, the local North Carolina subsidiaries of Aqua America have been working with developers to acquire the water systems in new satellite developments. In 2004, Aqua North Carolina acquired 80 systems that are expected to serve 8,000 residents over the next few years. Many of these systems are in the growing area of Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte and Wilmington.

"Growth ventures such as these are key to Aqua America's growth strategy, and to facilitating future organic growth, especially in our southern states," said Aqua America Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Nicholas DeBenedictis.

With a history of over 100 years, Aqua America is the largest U.S.-based publicly-traded water utility serving more than 2.5 million residents in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Maine, Missouri, New York and South Carolina.

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