SOURCE: Middlesex Water Company

April 28, 2005 16:05 ET

Middlesex Water Company to Offer 5% Discount to Dividend Reinvestment Plan Participants

ISELIN, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 28, 2005 -- Middlesex Water Company (NASDAQ: MSEX) today announced that, for a limited period of time, it plans to offer shares of its Common Stock at a 5% discount to participants in the Company's Dividend Reinvestment and Common Stock Purchase Plan ("Plan"). This offer applies to all purchases under the Plan made between June 1, 2005 and December 1, 2005, whether by Optional Cash payment or Dividend Reinvestment. The 5% reduction in price also will apply to dividends paid and reinvested on June 1, 2005 (to holders of record May 13, 2005). In addition, this discount will apply to any other dividends reinvested during the discount period.

During this discount period, the price of the stock will be 95% of the purchase price as described in the Company's Plan prospectus dated January 25, 2000, if purchased through the Plan.

Purchases made at the reduced price and then subsequently withdrawn from the Plan within six months after purchase, will be subject to a withdrawal fee equal to the original 5% share reduction on all shares withdrawn.

For Plan details or to obtain copies of the Prospectus, please call Kenneth J. Quinn, Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Treasurer of the Company at 732-634-1500.

About Middlesex Water Company

Middlesex Water Company, organized in 1897, is a water utility serving customers in central and southern New Jersey and in the State of Delaware. The Company and its New Jersey subsidiaries -- Pinelands Water Company, Pinelands Wastewater Company and Bayview Water Company -- are subject to the regulations of the Board of Public Utilities of the State of New Jersey. Middlesex Water Company operates the water and wastewater utilities for the City of Perth Amboy through its subsidiary, Utility Service Affiliates (Perth Amboy) Inc. Middlesex Water also provides contract operations services and a service line maintenance program through its non-regulated subsidiary, Utility Service Affiliates, Inc. The Company's regulated Delaware subsidiaries, Tidewater Utilities, Inc., together with Southern Shores Water Company and Tidewater Environmental Services Inc., are subject to the regulations of the Public Service Commission in Delaware. These companies are also subject to various Federal and State regulatory agencies concerning water quality standards. White Marsh Environmental Systems, Inc. operates small wastewater systems under contract on a non-regulated basis in Delaware.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

Certain matters discussed in this press release are "forward-looking statements" regarding the Company's results of operations and financial position. Such statements address future plans, objectives, expectations and events concerning various matters such as capital expenditures, earnings, litigation, growth potential, rates, regulatory matters, liquidity, capital resources and accounting matters. Actual results in each case could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact Information

    Bernadette Sohler
    Director of Communications
    Middlesex Water Company