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Aqua America Keeps Chugging Along

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You bring up a good point about the municipalities. You have to get your rate increases approved you know for the most part. Are you worried about that going forward that there might be push back?

DeBenedictis: Well, we get it approved by the state. Every state has a regulatory commission that regulates private companies. Municipal governments have no regulation. They can raise the prices because they are government themselves. We have not seen push back. We're still getting 10 to 10.5% return on equity awards on assets we put in and we earned that.

That's why our company is the number one earner of all the water utilities. So we just try and do the job the right way. We don't ask for more than we deserve but we don't ask for any less than we deserve and we're constantly putting in.

This year alone, we'll spend about $320 million dollars. We're only going to earn a little over $125, $130 (million). So you can see we're putting money back in the system. We're not harvesting and taking money out.

Edited for length and clarity.

Written by Debra Borchardt in New York.

Disclosure: TheStreet's editorial policy prohibits staff editors, reporters and analysts from holding positions in any individual stocks.
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