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Investing In Our Communities

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) estimates that approximately $277 billion of capital spending will be needed between 2003 and 2022 to replace aging water infrastructure and comply with stricter water quality standards, and the USEPA estimates that approximately $388 billion will be needed between 2000 and 2019 to replace aging wastewater infrastructure. We intend to invest capital prudently to enable us to continue to provide essential services to our regulated water and wastewater utility customers. Investing in our infrastructure is critical to our mission of serving our customers quality and reliable water and wastewater service.

We have a strong and ongoing commitment to investing in infrastructure and keeping it updated and we are committed to delivering excellent service that our customers depend upon at an exceptional value. Tap water costs about a penny a gallon - a remarkable value compared to any other utilities today. With few exceptions, water service remains the lowest utility bill that a household will pay.

In fact, in Kentucky alone, we have invested almost $90 million since 2000 to improve service to our customers. Every year, we deliver system improvements to the communities we serve – from extending water mains to replacing meters and hydrants to upgrading plant equipment. These investments will help us continue to provide high quality water and wastewater service.

One current improvement project currently being reviewed by the Kentucky Public Service Commission, is the building of a new $160 million water treatment facility and water transmission line that will be located in Owen and Franklin Counties. The plant will initially have the capacity to treat and deliver 20 millions of gallons of water per day (mgd). If approved, it will be the most significant improvement project in Kentucky in the last 40 years, and is critical to the future economic viability of our region. To keep customers up to date on project progress, we post regular updates at our project website www.bluegrasswater.com and here at www.amwater.com.

We are committed to delivering excellent service that our customers depend upon at an exceptional value. One gallon of tap water still costs about a penny and remains a great value when compared to other utility services. With few exceptions, water service remains the lowest utility bill that consumers pay each month.