WaterBriefs: Aqua America closes on four acquisitions in three states

Also in this report: Walter Industries names water products unit CFO; FuelCell Energy partner launches Europe's first WWTP to run on sewage gas; Watts Water Technologies acquires two companies; Calgon Carbon's Miss. plant resumes operation; Zenon, USFilter offer differing views on patent ruling; ObjectVideo wins Wall Street Journal technology award; Connecticut Water secures management contract for UConn water systems; Cytec completes expansion for mining chemicals product line...

In other news below:
-- Aqua America earns Pa. 'Green Power' award
-- Aqua America chairman suggests regulators analyze financial investors of water utilities
-- Walter Industries names CFO of water products business
-- FuelCell Energy partner commissions Europe's first WWTP to operate on sewage gas
-- Watts Water Technologies acquires tubing, valve companies
-- Calgon Carbon's Pearl River Plant resumes operation
-- GreenFuel Technologies honored for energy competitiveness
-- Mexico governor funds environmental contract to SSWM subsidiary
-- Pure H20 Bio-Technologies files patent application for Crypto disinfectant
-- Amiad Filtration Systems announces intention to float
-- Rocky Mountain Brands bottled water growth continues
-- Zenon's position further strengthened by recent court ruling
-- USFilter defeats all infringement claims at trial court
-- Wall Street Journal honors ObjectVideo with technology award
-- Nature Conservancy, Army Corps of Engineers partner for NE waterways
-- Phoenix, Army Corps of Engineers commended for Rio Salado habitat restoration
-- Connecticut Water secures management contract for UConn water systems
-- Weston awarded Army Corps of Engineers remedial action contract
-- Pa. investing in future with $65 million in environmental grants
-- PetroChina adopts environmental, crisis management software from ESS
-- IEVM to deploy EcaFlo equipment in Hurricane Katrina cleanup
-- Builders League demands NJDEP make plans for long-term water supply
-- Cytec completes expansion for mining chemicals product line

Aqua America closes on four acquisitions in three states
BRYN MAWR, PA, Nov. 8, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Aqua America Inc. subsidiaries recently purchased four water systems in three states -- Illinois, North Carolina and Pennsylvania -- to further expand its national footprint. The combined purchase price for the systems is approximately $550,000.

Aqua Illinois purchased the water system assets of the Village of Philo in Champaign County, representing another municipal acquisition for Aqua America. It is the company's second municipal acquisiton in Illinois in the past two years, following its purchase of the Grant Park water system serving 1,500 residents. The Philo system supplies water to approximately 1,300 residents. The Illinois Commerce Commission approved the acquisition after extensive review.

Aqua Illinois plans to invest in a new water tank to provide much-needed storage capacity, replace aging and undersized pipe, and install new services in the Philo community. These capital improvements are estimated at more than $1.2 million over the rest of the decade.

"We're pleased to add Philo to our regional network as a result of meaningful discussions with municipal officials going back to 2002," said Aqua America Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Nicholas DeBenedictis. "We're able to efficiently tuck the Philo system into our existing operations in Vermilion County, Illinois, to capture economies of scale and control costs, while providing customers with quality, reliable service."

In addition, Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. purchased the water systems assets of the Garbush Water Company, serving approximately 250 residents in Jackson Township, Luzerne County.

In North Carolina, Aqua subsidiaries acquired the water system assets of the Northwoods residential development near Chapel Hill, Orange County, serving approximately 250 residents, and the water system assets of Community Water Works in Statesville, Iredell County, serving approximately 250 residents in the Lincoln Estates and River Hill Heights subdivisions. Aqua North Carolina plans to invest nearly $130,000 in the Community Water Works systems for new water main and meters, in addition to a well station, a storage tank and connection to the Iredell County water system.

These purchases are in addition to the company's acquisition of 24 water and wastewater systems through the first three quarters of 2005. "The newest acquisitions are further evidence of the steady momentum behind our growth-through-acquisition strategy," said DeBenedictis. "They also offer more opportunity to grow earnings through achieving a regulated return on the capital investments we'll make to improve and properly maintain these systems."

Aqua America Inc. (www.aquaamerica.com) is the largest U.S.-based publicly-traded water utility, serving more than 2.5 million residents in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, Maine, Missouri, New York, and South Carolina.

For more company news:
-- "Aqua America earns 'Green Power' award"
-- "Aqua America chairman suggests regulators closely analyze financial investors as owners of water utility systems"

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