SOURCE: Aqua Pennsylvania

August 23, 2005 13:44 ET

Aqua Pennsylvania Honored for Accomplishments in Dam Safety

BRYN MAWR, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 23, 2005 -- Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. (Aqua) has been selected to receive the 2005 Northeast Regional Award of Merit from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO). The professional association annually recognizes organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of dam safety.

The ASDSO is a national association of dam safety professionals, including government regulators, consultants and dam owners. The group's Northeast Region comprises New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware and Connecticut. Dam safety representatives from the states in each of ASDSO's four regions select the Award of Merit winner for their respective regions.

The award will be presented to Aqua Manager of Engineering Design and Construction Tony Fernandes at ASDSO's Annual Conference in New Orleans on September 27.

"Aqua is proud to be recognized by a national organization for what has been our commitment to maintaining and upgrading our network of dams to ensure their safety," said Aqua America Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Nicholas DeBenedictis.

For example, the company has installed instrumentation at all of its large dams to help monitor dam performance and detect potentially hazardous conditions. Among the new systems are some in southeastern Pennsylvania, where automatic water level indicators will be connected to the company's automated data acquisition system to enable remote monitoring.

Aqua owns and operates a total of 22 dams across the state.

Aqua Pennsylvania serves approximately 1.3 million residents across the state and is the largest subsidiary of Aqua America, Inc., the largest U.S.-based publicly traded water company with more than 2.5 million residents in 13 states. Aqua America is listed on both the New York and Philadelphia Stock Exchanges under the ticker symbol WTR.

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