KYLE UNVEILS NEW, IMPROVED WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT by ehd13805

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									For immediate Release                                                     For more information contact
November 17, 2006                                                         Jerry Hendrix, City of Kyle
                                                                          512-262-3921

                                                                          Bob Laughman
                                                                          President, Aqua Texas Inc.
                                                                          512-990-4405



  KYLE UNVEILS NEW, IMPROVED WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

KYLE, TX, November 18, 2006 – Ribbon-cutting ceremonies and an open house marked today’s

dedication of the newly expanded Kyle Wastewater Treatment Plant. Located on New Bridge Street in the

Waterleaf subdivision, the facility collects and treats wastewater from the community’s 27,700 residents.

        The nine-month, $2.8 million expansion project doubled the size of the facility, in addition to

doubling the plant’s processing capacity from 1.5 million gallons per day to 3 million gallons per day.

The upgrades also included installation of a new lift station, aeration system and automated screening

system that will improve the plant’s overall performance.

        “With so much residential and commercial growth taking place in our community, it is essential

that we have a modern facility that’s able to handle the increased wastewater demand and meet all

environmental standards,” said Kyle Mayor Mike Gonzalez. “The plant expansion is part of our

continuing process to improve and expand infrastructure as we grow and ensures that Kyle will deliver

reliable, environmentally sound wastewater service for years to come.”

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        Also participating in the activities were City Manager Tom Mattis, various city and Hays County

officials, representatives from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Aqua

Texas, Inc. President Bob Laughman. Aqua Texas, the largest investor-owned water and wastewater

company in the state, operates the plant as part of a public-private partnership with the city.

        “This project is an important achievement for our public-private partnership with the city, and

Aqua is proud to be part of this success,” said Laughman. “Looking ahead, we expect to build an even

stronger working relationship with the Kyle community.”

        Aqua Texas took over the plant’s operation in July 2003 when its parent company, Aqua

America, Inc., acquired water and wastewater systems from the previous operator, AquaSource, Inc., a

subsidiary of electric utility company DQE. The City of Kyle established the public-private partnership

with AquaSource in July 1999, and the plant went into service in November 2001. AquaSource is

unrelated to Aqua America or Aqua Texas and is no longer in business.

        Aqua Texas provides water and wastewater services to nearly 164,000 people in 49 counties

across the state.



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