FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 14, 1998

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Manchester Renews Contract with
US Water for Four-Year Term

Somerville, NJ – Manchester Township has renewed U.S. Water L.L.C.’s contract to operate its water and sewer facilities for the next four years, affirming the company’s record of excellence since its original two-year contract with the township began in 1995. The new contract expands the scope of US Water’s responsibilities to include servicing the sanitary sewer system at the Cedar Glen Lakes residential community.

In 1997, US Water’s original two-year contract was extended for another year, and was then extended for an additional 90-day period while the Township Council considered the current proposal.

"US Water has performed exceptionally well since our partnership began, which explains the unanimous Council vote to renew," said Manchester Mayor Mike Fressola. "As a result of the partnership, we’ve been able to reduce water and sewer rates for the past two years. I see no reason why this partnership will not be able to continue on this mutually beneficial track."

The relationship has been characterized by several successful innovations, including the discovery of a buried, closed valve that freed up capacity in the water system, which provided a savings to the Township, and negated any need for restricting water use.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue our relationship with Manchester Township," explained Michael Belsante, President & CEO of US Water. "The renewal represents one in a series of recent successes for us that includes the opportunity to provide a customer information system for the City of Chicago Department of Water, and new contracts to operate and maintain the water and wastewater systems for the City of Camden, New Jersey, and Dallas, North Carolina."

In Dallas, NC, US Water replaced the incumbent operator, and went from selection to negotiations to operations start-up in just 62 days.

U.S. Water L.L.C., the water project delivery arm of North West Water and Bechtel, operates, maintains and manages municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems, and provides related services in billing and collection, design, construction management and financing. The company was founded in New Jersey, where it still maintains its operational and customer service headquarters and its largest regional office. US Water’s corporate headquarters is located in Chicago, with additional regional offices in North Carolina and Massachusetts. US Water currently serves 70 facilities, including 32 in New Jersey. The company, with more than 17 years of operations, has more water and wastewater experience in the Garden State than any other company.