Aqua America’s Texas and Illinois Subsidiaries Acquire Water and Wastewater Systems

  Aqua America’s Texas and Illinois Subsidiaries Acquire Water and Wastewater
  Systems

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BRYN MAWR, Pa. -- January 2, 2013

Aqua America, Inc. (NYSE: WTR) announced today that its Texas and Illinois
subsidiaries have acquired three water systems and a wastewater system. Aqua
America completed a total of 18 acquisitions in 2012.

In December, Aqua Texas, Inc. acquired the assets of Wingert Water Systems,
Inc., which is projected at build-out to serve about 3,000 residents in five
subdivisions in Comal County. The purchase price was approximately $1.89
million. Aqua Texas will operate the system through its Wimberley office in
Hays County. Also in December, Aqua Texas acquired the assets of Royal Oaks
Water System, Inc. The system serves about 120 residents in the Royal Oaks
subdivision in Kerr County, and Aqua Texas will operate it from its Kerrville
office. The purchase price was $40,000. Both the Wingert and Royal Oaks
systems are located a short distance from other Aqua Texas systems.

In November, Aqua Illinois, Inc. acquired the wastewater collection assets of
the Village of Bourbonnais’ Tri Star Estates for $455,000. The system provides
wastewater service to about 1,300 residents. Aqua Illinois already owns and
operates the water system that serves Tri Star Estates, which is located
within the company’s existing Kankakee service area. Also in November, Aqua
Illinois purchased the water assets of the Moecherville Water District in
Aurora Township in Kane County for $1.4 million. The system provides water
service to about 1,100 residents. Aqua Illinois will operate the system from
its Northern Illinois Division.

“These newly acquired systems are near customers already served by Aqua in
Texas and Illinois, and they provide a natural extension of our footprint in
both states,” said Aqua America Chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis. “We
look forward to providing our new customers with quality water and reliable
water and wastewater service.”

DeBenedictis said that Aqua America continues to focus its utility operations
in states that have a positive regulatory and business climate that enables
the company to make the capital investments necessary to deliver quality water
and reliable service to customers, while providing the opportunity to earn an
adequate return on that investment for shareholders.

Aqua Texas provides water and wastewater service to approximately
177,000residents in51 counties across Texas. Aqua Illinois provides water
and wastewater service to approximately 186,000 residents in 9 counties across
Illinois.

Aqua America is one of the largest U.S.-based, publicly-traded water utilities
serving almost 3 million residents in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, New
Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia. Aqua America
is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WTR. Visit
www.aquaamerica.com for more information.

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of The
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that address, among other
things, planned improvements to the acquired systems and the company’s
growth-through-acquisition strategy. There are important factors that could
cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by
such forward-looking statements including: the risk that the acquired
company’s business will not be successfully integrated, the ability of the
company to complete planned capital improvements, the ability to earn an
adequate return of the capital investments, and other key factors that we have
indicated could adversely affect our business and financial performance
discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December
31, 2011, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Aqua
America is not under any obligation — and expressly disclaims any such
obligation — to update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a
result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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Contact:

Aqua America, Inc.
Gretchen Toner
Manager, Strategic Communications
610-645-1175
484-368-4816 (cell)
gmtoner@aquaamerica.com
 
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