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Essential Utilities Celebrates Infrastructure Week, Announces 2024 Infrastructure Upgrades

$1B+ capital improvement program foundation of company’s commitment to investing in the communities it serves

As the nation observes Infrastructure Week, Essential Utilities Inc. (NYSE: WTRG) reaffirms its commitment to enhancing service and reliability for customers through a robust $1 billion capital improvement program. This investment represents a cornerstone of its mission to invest in communities and advance national infrastructure through its water and gas utilities, Aqua and Peoples Natural Gas.

Since uniting under Essential in 2020, the company has allocated over $4 billion toward critical infrastructure enhancements. In 2023 alone, the company invested $1.2 billion on more than 7,000 individual projects, including approximately 220 projects over $1 million. Some of those key projects include:

  • Valley Forge (PA) National Park Pipeline Replacement, an expansion project to deliver water to 670,000 people
  • Western Hancock (IN) Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion, doubling the plant’s capacity to support the region’s growth
  • Peoples’ Over-Pressure Protection Program, which increases natural gas safety through improved detection and response times

Essential plans to escalate this commitment by investing an expected $1.3 billion in 2024, and an annual average of approximately $1.4 billion through 2028. These strategic investments directly address the pressing need for modernization and sustainability across Essential’s nine-state service area, ensuring compliance, reducing outages and safeguarding the environment.

“One of the greatest challenges facing the United States is the rehabilitation of our nation’s infrastructure,” said Christopher Franklin, chairman and CEO of Essential Utilities. “As a significant water, wastewater and natural gas provider in the country, Essential has a responsibility and opportunity to proactively address this for future generations. Through our expertise and resources, we’re infusing capital into vital systems, driving innovation and improving service reliability for our communities for generations to come.”

Planned initiatives directly benefit customers by enhancing service reliability, mitigating the risk of pipeline failures and ensuring compliance with evolving environmental standards. These investments will prevent water main breaks, address lead contamination and manage emerging contaminants like PFAS. The company plans to invest $450 million in PFAS research and state-of-the-art remediation solutions, aligning with the recent EPA regulations. The utilities’ planned 2024 work includes the following:

  • Peoples will continue its Long-Term Infrastructure Improvement Plan (LTIIP) to replace more than 3,000 miles of critical pipelines, with 186 miles of new lines targeted for installation this year. With $1.5 billion allocated between 2021 and 2025, Peoples’ LTIIP is the leading mile replacement program in Pennsylvania.
  • Aqua is committed to upgrading aging infrastructure, improving service and reliability for customers across its eight-state footprint. Aqua is investing $765 million for capital improvements in 2024 alone, including the replacement of 130 miles of water main.

Infrastructure Week serves as a reminder of the vital role that infrastructure plays in supporting communities and driving economic growth. Essential Utilities continues to lead by example, demonstrating a steadfast commitment to investing in the future and delivering essential resources across its service territory.

About Essential

Essential Utilities, Inc. (NYSE:WTRG) delivers safe, clean, reliable services that improve quality of life for individuals, families, and entire communities. With a focus on water, wastewater and natural gas, Essential is committed to sustainable growth, operational excellence, a superior customer experience, and premier employer status. We are advocates for the communities we serve and are dedicated stewards of natural lands, protecting more than 7,600 acres of forests and other habitats throughout our footprint.

Operating as the Aqua and Peoples brands, Essential serves approximately 5.5 million people across 9 states. Essential is one of the most significant publicly traded water, wastewater service and natural gas providers in the U.S. Learn more at

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