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April 7, 2009
     
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Left to Right: Patrick McQuay, Wastewater Plant Operator; Gilbert Cordova, Wastewater Mechanic; William White, Senior Wastewaster Plant Operator; David Kudray, Wastewater Operator; John Lulewicz, Senior Wastewater Operator; Scott Flanagan, Wastewater Operator; Doug Griffith, Wastewater Plant Manager; Ygnasio Samarripa, Wastewater Plant Supervisor

Not pictured are Tom Tucker, Wastewater Plant Operator; Mary McReynolds, Senior Lab Analyst; and Paul Cornejo, Verrado Wastewater Plant Supervisor

Arizona American Water Employees' Idea Saves More Than 10 Million Gallons of Water a Year

Arizona American Water Senior Plant Operator John Lulewicz and his coworkers found a new way to reduce excessive water consumption and costs by more than 50% percent. The operations team utilized the Watts Big Bubba water reuse filters for internal industrial use at the waste water treatment plant at the Northwest Valley Reclamation facility that serves customers in Sun City West, Peoria, and north Phoenix.

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Waxman, Markey Release Draft Cap-and-Trade Legislation

Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Henry Waxman (D-CAalif.) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-MAass.) unveiled preliminary details of climate change legislation that would cap industrial emissions of greenhouse gases, distribute pollution allowances and allow those credits to be traded on the market. Waxman and Markey have stated their intention to mark up the legislation by the end of May.

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West Virginia-American Granted Rate Increase

On March 25, 2009, the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) issued a lengthy order, authorizing West Virginia-American Water Company to increase its annual operating water revenues by $4.2 million, or approximately 3.5 percent. Re West Virginia-American Water Co., Case No. 08-0900-W-42T.

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Cardin Holds First Water and Wildlife Subcommittee Hearing on Water Efficiency

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife cChaired by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.D) held its first hearing on March 31 to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) role in promoting water efficiency.

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Aqua America Pennsylvania Subsidiary Acquires Water and Wastewater Companiest

Aqua America, Inc., announced that its Pennsylvania subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., acquired the assets of the W.P. Water Company, Inc., and W.P. Sanitary Company, Inc.; which provides water and wastewater services to approximately 550 residents in the Washington Park Development in Wyoming County and the Sleepy Hollow Development in Luzerne County in a transaction valued at $185,000.

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