HERSHEY, Pa.--()--Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), announced today the acquisition of two water systems in northeast Pennsylvania. The combined purchase price of the newly acquired systems is approximately $1.65 million.
“We continue to look for and capitalize on growth opportunities that expand our customer footprint through regionalization while achieving greater economies of scale, which also benefits our customers.”
In Wayne County, Pennsylvania American Water purchased the water system of the Indian Rocks Property Owners Association, serving approximately 1,200 residents in Salem Township. In Lackawanna County, the company acquired the Olwen Heights Water Company, which serves nearly 500 residents in Roaring Brook Township. Both systems are in close proximity to Pennsylvania American Water’s existing northeast Pennsylvania operations.
“These purchases follow our solid growth efforts in 2012 when we acquired a total of six systems,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy L. Pape. “We continue to look for and capitalize on growth opportunities that expand our customer footprint through regionalization while achieving greater economies of scale, which also benefits our customers.”
Pape said the company plans to make significant capital investments to improve water service and reliability for the newly acquired systems. For example, Pennsylvania American Water will upgrade the wells and treatment facilities in the Indian Rocks system, in addition to replacing aging water mains.
Pennsylvania American Water is the largest water utility in the commonwealth, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.2 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
This release contains forward looking statements, including, among others, our plan to continue our long-term strategy of capital investment in our systems. There are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements including: general economic business conditions, unfavorable weather conditions, changes in regulations or regulatory treatment and availability and the cost of capital. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.