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TOTO Presents Industry’s First Ultra High-Efficiency One-Gallon Per Flush Toilet with State-of-the-Art Double Cyclone Flushing System

May 18, 2012

 

TOTO introduces 1G – the Industry’s first one gallon per flush (gpf) ultra high-efficiency toilet that offers the company’s state-of-the art Double Cyclone flushing system. The new gravity-fed, two-piece 1G Double Cyclone marries flawless performance and exceptional bowl cleansing action to ultra high-efficiency water-savings, creating a clean, green flushing system that saves money, water, and time. Aimes Freestanding Bathtub Like a cyclone in nature, the Double Cyclone flushing system harnesses the power of water and gravity to create a powerful 1.0 gpf flush engine that maximizes cleaning action as it spins away waste. Double Cyclone features: Two nozzles (instead of rim holes) that use water more efficiently for better rim and bowl cleansing, resulting in less trapped matter and bacteria, which results in less time needed to clean the toilet. A proprietary dual-nozzle water propulsion system that enables more water to be directed to the siphon for a powerful flush that clears the bowl first time, every time. 1G’s bowl and concave rim are coated with SanaGloss, TOTO’s nano-technology glaze that seals its porcelain with an ionized barrier, creating a super-slippery, non-porous surface that repels the matter and bacteria. In short, when protected by SanaGloss, the water that cleanses the 1G’s bowl and rim as the toilet flushes is all that is needed to remove stains, residue, scaling, and lime buildup. Invisible organisms, including bacteria and molds, also are eliminated. Consumers will need fewer harsh detergents, which are expensive and harmful to the environment. The Universal Height 1G Double Cyclone is 17” from base to seat, TOTO’s ergonomic, comfortable height design that facilitates rising from a sitting to standing position and makes this aesthetically-pleasing two-piece toilet ADA-compliant. About TOTO – TOTO is the largest plumbing manufacturer in the world with $5.1 billion dollars in annual sales. To date, TOTO has produced more than 60 million plumbing fixtures. TOTO USA is headquarters for the Americas Division of the TOTO Global Group, which was established in 1917 with the founding of TOTO, Ltd., in Kitakyushu, Japan. Today, this international company maintains 23,500 employees in 69 offices around the world and owns manufacturing facilities in Japan, Mexico, the USA, China and Europe with an affiliated network of more than 80 production facilities worldwide. With over 1,500 engineers on staff and three centers devoted solely to research and development, TOTO is the undisputed global leader in product innovation, precision engineering, high design, and sustainability in products that are designed to meet people’s real world needs. Exemplified in the company’s philosophy – People First Innovation — TOTO offers consumers elegant luxury products that save money and water without sacrificing an ounce of performance and the peace of mind that comes from knowing they purchased a brand that sets the standard for world-class performance, enduring quality, and reliability. Winner of numerous domestic and international awards and recognitions, TOTO is the only plumbing manufacturer honored as Water Efficiency Leader by the Environmental Protection Agency. TOTO continues to raise industry standards and consumer expectations as to what is possible in the bath space, as it connects people with water in ways that enrich the flow of their daily lives.

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Boonshoft Museum New Permanent Exhibit Teaches Children about Water Conservation and Stewardship

May 14, 2012

Boonshoft Museum Partners with American Standard and WinWholesale to Bring Water Conservation Exhibit to Life. A new exhibit designed to teach children about the importance of water conservation has opened at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio, thanks in large part to a partnership with American Standard and WinWholesale, Inc. Through the interactive “Splash!” exhibit, museum goers of all ages learn about the earth’s water cycle, the impacts that humans have on water access and quality, and about careers — like plumbing, geology and environmental conservation — related to water stewardship. The museum contacted WinWholesale, headquartered in Dayton, about participating in the exhibit. Upon agreeing to take part, WinWholesale contacted American Standard to also partner with the museum. “We were pleased the Boonshoft Museum asked WinWholesale to become involved in the water conservation exhibit in our home town,” said Rick Schwartz, WinWholesale CEO and chairman. “We knew we could count on American Standard Brands, one of our most important product suppliers, to help with the display.” “The goals of this new exhibit perfectly complement our own efforts to promote the importance of water efficiency in homes and in the workplace,” said Jay Gould, president and CEO of American Standard Brands. The eye-catching displays employ familiar plumbing fixtures to help visitors understand how individual actions impact water resources – including aquifers, rivers, and lakes. The product donation from American Standard to the museum included bathroom faucets from the Town Square®, Berwick®, Studio®, Copeland™, and Portsmouth® collections, as well as a Pekoe® semi-professional kitchen faucet. “Increasing awareness about how our individual choices affect and improve water quality is an important mission for American Standard,” Gould emphasized. He pointed to the company’s broad selection of water-saving, high performing WaterSense®-certified faucets and toilets, in addition to the company’s partnership with the Green Education Foundation (GEF) to develop a K-12 curriculum focused on water conservation. Said Diane Farrell, vice president of external relations at the Boonshoft Museum, “We are confident that educating the public about the relationships between healthy water, healthy lives, and healthy economies through this permanent exhibit is an effective way to encourage water conservation. We are pleased to partner with American Standard and WinWholesale to advance this worthy cause.” ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS – American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane Plumbing®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners. WaterSense® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ABOUT WINWHOLESALE INC. – WinWholesale Inc. is a leading supplier of domestic and industrial supplies and materials headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. The privately-held company consists of more than 450 wholesaling corporations in which WinWholesale is an equity partner, and also Noland Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary. Noland is a wholesaler with nearly 70 locations mainly in the Southeast. Collectively, WinWholesale is referred to as “The Win Group of Companies.” In the group are companies conducting business-to-business wholesale distribution of plumbing and heating supplies; industrial pipes, valves and fittings; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment; electrical equipment; industrial and commercial fastening hardware; waterworks and utility supplies; and domestic, commercial and industrial pumps. ABOUT THE BOONSHOFT MUSEUM – The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery serves approximately 250,000 people per year and is the Miami Valley region’s premier family learning destination.  The 94,000 square foot venue houses the region’s only Planetarium, and the nation’s only public solar observatory.  The Museum is recognized by the prestigious Association of Science Technology Centers; they are accredited by the American Association of Museums and they are an accredited live animal zoo through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  In addition, they are recognized by the Association of Children’s Museums, a national network of institutions dedicated to providing interactive learning experiences for youth.

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Largest Private U.S. Water Utilities Exchange Subsidiaries

May 1, 2012

Aqua America, Inc. has announced  that it has completed the purchase of all of American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK) regulated operations in Ohio and simultaneously sold its regulated operations in New York to American Water. Aqua America is the largest investor-owned water utility in Ohio.  The purchase, for $101 million in cash plus assumed debt of $11 million, yielded Aqua America eight additional water systems and one wastewater system in Ohio, which serve approximately 50,730 water and approximately 6,550 wastewater connections. The systems serve parts of nine counties primarily in central and northeast Ohio. The acquisition increases Aqua Ohio’s customer base by approximately 66 percent and adds approximately $95 million in additional rate base. The transaction is expected to improve operating efficiency at Aqua Ohio as it spreads fixed costs over 57,280 more customers in that state, which should have a positive impact on future rates for customers. In a separate agreement, Aqua America sold its seven New York water systems, which serve approximately 50,520 customers to American Water’s New York subsidiary for approximately $39 million in cash plus assumed debt of $23 million. The New York systems had approximately $46 million of rate base. The sale of Aqua America’s New York operations will conclude its operations in that state. The purchase prices for both the Ohio and New York transactions are subject to certain post-closing adjustments. This is the latest of five successful transactions Aqua America has completed in a one-year period to grow and consolidate its customer base in fewer states, improving its operating efficiency, while pruning assets in areas that do not present those opportunities. Since May 2011, Aqua America has sold its Missouri operations to American Water; purchased American Water’s Texas operations; and sold its Maine operations to Connecticut Water.  “This transaction is the latest and the largest of several acquisitions and purchases we have completed to transform the company by maximizing efficiencies and concentrating our efforts in states where we have critical mass,” said Aqua America Chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis. “Additionally, Ohio and Texas are energy-rich states with growth opportunities for the water-energy nexus that could have a positive impact on the future of our company.”  DeBenedictis said the company is prepared to take a responsible and active role in what is becoming the next energy boom in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and some other states—natural gas drilling. “Shale drilling for natural gas is a very water-intensive business that can provide an economic boost well into the future if it’s done right environmentally.”  The acquisition of American Water’s Ohio operations and the sale of its New York operations are consistent with Aqua America’s strategy to concentrate its customer portfolio in states that demonstrate a positive regulatory environment, while leveraging greater economies of scale and customer growth opportunities. Priority is given to states that provide a regulatory opportunity for capital investment surcharges and consolidated rates, which help the company to maintain water quality and reliable service for its customers.  Aqua America is one of the largest U.S.-based, publicly-traded water utilities and serves almost 3 million residents in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia. Aqua America is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WTR.  This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that address, among other things, the size of the transactions, the effect of the acquisition of the Ohio operations and other transactions on the Company and the anticipated benefits of these transactions, the Company’s strategy to focus its growth efforts in certain states, and the potential efficiencies from focusing on those states and potential business opportunities in those states. There are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements including: the risk that the acquired company’s business will not be successfully integrated; the costs related to the transaction; the risk that anticipated benefits will not be obtained or will not be obtained within the time anticipated; and other key factors that we have indicated could adversely affect our business and financial performance discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Neither Aqua America nor American Water is under any obligation (and each expressly disclaims any such obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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Earth Day 2012 Water Conservation Tips Save Money

April 21, 2012

 

Earth Day 22 April is the perfect moment to take several simple steps which consumers can take to help conserve the water supply and lower monthly water and sewer bills while helping the environment, respecting and protecting our drinking water supply. “Earth Day 2012 reminds us of the essential role we each play in respecting and protecting our drinking water supply,” according to Environmental Plumbing Consultant  Ricky Jones of Plumbing Parts Depot® www.plumbingpartsdepot.info a leading plumbing supply warehouse distributor in New York City. Water your lawn early in the morning or at night to avoid excess evaporation. Do not over water your lawn. Fully load the dishwasher and clothes washer before running. Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator or in the microwave instead of running hot water over the food. When washing dishes by hand, do not let the water run. Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks and driveways. If you have a swimming pool, use a cover. You will cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90 percent. Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Dripping faucets can waste up to two thousand gallons of water each year in the average home. Leaky toilets can waste as much as two hundred gallons per day. Do not leave the sink running while you brush your teeth.  Check faucets for drips or leaks. Make repairs to save water. Check toilets for hidden leaks. Add six drops of food coloring to the toilet tank.  If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes. Inspect tank and bowl for cracks or leaks. Make sure toilets flush properly.  If the handle must be held down for a thorough flush or jiggled to stop the water from running, you may need to replace worn tank parts. They’re inexpensive and you’ll notice a lower water bill from eliminating the running water. Consider a dual-flush converter for older toilets, which saves water with four out of five flushes since a full flush isn’t needed most of the time. An easy and chemical-free way to clean mineral deposits from the showerhead, vinegar.  Unscrew it and soak in vinegar or fill a plastic baggie with vinegar; place it over the showerhead and hold in place with a rubber band.  Soak overnight then remove and gently scrub with an old toothbrush to remove deposits. Showerheads also have retrofit options for maximum water pressure and high-efficiency options. Check the temperature setting on the water heater.  It should be set no higher than 120° F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use. Carefully drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out corrosion causing sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater. Consider replacing a water heater more than 15 years old with a newer, more energy efficient model. Life expectancy for water heaters is only 11 years so if yours is older, you’re on borrowed time. Check dishwasher, washing machine and icemaker supply hoses for bulges or leaks, yet another source of waste and inefficiency. Replace hoses showing signs of weakness or older than ten years. Stay away from environmentally unfriendly, quick-fix drain solutions and instead make drain maintenance a monthly habit by utilizing a nontoxic bio-based pipe shield product. Clean out washing machine lint trap, if equipped. You can reutilize an old pair of pantyhose to replace a wire trap over the end of the hose that drains the washer. Check exposed pipes under sinks and in the basement for signs of leaks. If your home has a sump pump, make sure it operates properly by pouring a few buckets of water into the sump pit. The pump should quickly turn on, discharge the water then shut off without any problems. In the case that you need to replace, energy-efficient models are available. Install a backflow valve in the floor drain if you live in an area where sewers sometimes back up into homes. This device will prevent future backups which wreak havoc on your home environment, are hazardous to health and require harsh cleaning agents to remedy. Inspect for slow leaks in your home by taking a reading on your water meter before bedtime. The next morning, without using any water overnight, take another reading.  If the reading has changed you have a leak that should be repaired. Install flood alarms. Like a smoke alarm, a flood alarm is an inexpensive battery-operated device that sounds an alarm when it comes in contact with water. It alerts you to potential flooding or leaks. Make sure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, open, and free of debris. Check for bird nests in plumbing vent pipes. Check faucets and hose bibs to make sure water flows freely.  If an outdoor faucet drips or if there is leakage inside your home the first time the hose is turned on for the season, you may have had a frozen pipe that cracked and needs to be replaced. Install inexpensive aerators on all of your faucets for water and water bill savings. “We are all stewards of the water we drink and use for other purposes,” Jones  said. “By taking these simple steps, we can feel confident that we are doing our part. Do not wait a week to fix that leak Plumbing Parts Depot has the devices to stop leaks and make you environment friendly.”

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Plumbing Supplies Depot Celebrates National Fix-A-Leak Week

March 9, 2012

Plumbing Supplies Depot, www.plumbingsuppliesdepot.com is a leading North American plumbing distributor of New York City reminding everyone to check for water leaks inside their homes and businesses during national Fix-A-Leak week, 12-18 March 2012. Fix-A-Leak Week is part of the  US Environmental Protection Agency  Water Sense program. “Fixing leaks is one of the easiest ways consumers can save water,” said Scott Mann of PSD. “Simply repairing a leak can save more water than replacing plumbing fixtures or making lifestyle changes to reduce water consumption – and it is usually a whole lot easier and less expensive.”

According to Water Sense, an American home can waste, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks. Nationwide, it is estimated that more than one trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year. These leaks can significantly and unnecessarily increase water bills. In a recent interview, Scott Mann said “to determine if there is a leak inside a home or business, customers should check their water meter at a time when all faucets and water-using devices are off”. “Most modern meters have a triangular indicator that will rotate if there is even a small leak,” said Mann. “Faucets are a common culprit, but you can usually see or hear them dripping. Toilets are the most common source of hidden leaks. They can waste large volumes of water from constant slow leaks or intermittent sticking of internal parts like floats and flapper valves.”  Are leaks wasting your money, many people don’t think about how much water they use until their bills arrive in the mail. By then, it’s too late to consider what steps could have reduced water usage and water bills. A quick check for leaks can save you unnecessarily high water and sewer bills.

If your water meter registers with no water running you have a small leak. Check All Faucets – It’s important to remember that leaks don’t disappear. While some occur only intermittently, like when the toilet is flushed, leaks very often become worse very rapidly. Most leaks run 24 hours a day. That’s nearly 9,000 hours a year. If your toilet isn’t the culprit, you might have a leak in a faucet. If your faucet drips after being turned off firmly, turn off the supply line. Take the faucet apart and replace the washer. With faucets of simple design, these repairs are not difficult. However, if you’re unsure, or if the washer doesn’t stop the leak, consider calling a plumber. Check Toilets – A leaky toilet could be the single most common leak source in your home. This can result in the loss of hundreds of gallons of water per day. Do you find yourself jiggling the handle to stop noise – Do you hear strange, intermittent noises from the toilet – If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, your toilet is probably leaking. Toilets generally leak for two reasons. First, if the float assembly is not shutting off the water, it allows the water to escape into the overflow pipe. This problem can often be remedied by adjusting the float ball. Second, if the flapper is worn or not sealing properly, water will leak into the toilet bowl. You can check for possible flapper leakage by dropping food color into the toilet tank, do not flush and wait 15 to 20 minutes, if color appears in the toilet bowl, the toilet is leaking and the necessary repairs should be made by a professional licensed plumber. Plumbing Supplies Depot stocks plumbing repair parts for all major brands and offers new Water Sense faucets and toilets for residence and business. # # #

 
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Plumbing Supplies Depot is a leading North American plumbing distributor of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs, HVAC, heating and air conditioning. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers with product distribution under well known and respected brands.

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WORLD PLUMBING DAY 2012

February 12, 2012

According to Scott Mann of Plumbing Supplies Depot www.plumbingsuppliesdepot.com “in this day and age with an uncertain economy and shifting tides of current events it is refreshing to have the World Plumbing Day 11 March”, which is intended to provide anyone or any organisation involved in the global plumbing industry with an opportunity to promote the important role played by the industry. Many plumbing industry organisations are actively involved in activities related to the environmental role of today’s plumbing industry and World Plumbing Day provides a good opportunity to emphasise this role to the general public, according to the World Plumbing Council www.worldplumbing.org which promotes professional standards of plumbing to the world. Organisations are encouraged to arrange an event or meeting which will highlight World Plumbing Day. Many plumbing industry organisations are actively involved in activities related to the environmental role of today’s plumbing industry and World Plumbing Day provides a good opportunity to emphasise this role to the general public. WPC has published a Fact Sheet on the environmental aspects of plumbing and this may be used by organisations to assist them in their promotional work. Last Year, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution formally designating March 11, 2011, as World Plumbing Day. Senate Resolution 100, introduced by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and co-sponsored by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), highlights the role plumbing plays in safeguarding public health in the United States and worldwide, addresses the lack of safe drinking water and sanitation across the globe, declares access to such a vital human right and praises trained plumbing professionals for maintaining, repairing and rebuilding the aging water infrastructure of the United States.

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Private Pipeline System To Supply Fresh Water To Natural Gas Producers

January 4, 2012

Aqua America Inc. (NYSE: WTR) (“Aqua”) and Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P. (NYSE: PVR) (“PVR”) has announced that certain of their operating subsidiaries have formed a joint venture, Aqua — PVR Water Services, LLC, to construct and operate a private pipeline system to supply fresh water to natural gas producers drilling in the Marcellus Shale in north-central Pennsylvania.  The 12-inch diameter steel pipeline will largely parallel the trunkline of PVR’s gathering system in Lycoming County and will share PVR’s existing rights-of-way. PVR is constructing the fresh water pipeline and handling negotiation of water pipeline capacity contracts with producers.  Aqua will operate the system when completed and handle water intake supply arrangements.  Aqua and PVR each anticipate investing approximately $12 million for construction of the first segment of the project. The joint venture has entered into an agreement with Range Resources – Appalachia, LLC a wholly owned subsidiary of Range Resources Corporation (NYSE: RRC) to supply fresh water to three of Range’s water impoundments, and negotiations with other area producers for supply agreements are on-going. The joint venture has commenced construction of the fresh water pipeline, and limited water delivery is expected before year-end.  The entire 18-mile long first segment of the system is currently anticipated to be fully completed and begin regular operation during the first quarter of 2012. William H. Shea, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of PVR, said, “We are very excited to join with Aqua America in building a private water pipeline to supply Marcellus producers.  We are also pleased to welcome Range Resources as an anchor customer on the pipeline.  We believe this project is a ‘win-win’ solution that offers tangible benefits to both the contracting producers and the local communities in which we operate.  The pipeline will provide contracting producers with a more reliable fresh water source at a lower delivered cost.  By reducing the number of trucks operating on area highways, area residents will benefit from reduced traffic congestion, noise and delays.” Nicholas DeBenedictis, Chairman and CEO of Aqua, said, “Marcellus Shale offers a critical and challenging opportunity for the State of Pennsylvania.  Critical because the energy needs of the country must be developed domestically and Pennsylvania can be that provider.  Challenging because it must be done in a manner that protects and manages our most precious resource, water.  This project is the first that prudently enables the development of the Marcellus while helping to protect our water sheds and manage our supplies.  Pumping water through pipe, as opposed to trucking water, reduces road traffic and damage that can result in runoff that can negatively impact streams in this sensitive part of the state.  Managing the supply from confirmed reliable sources reduces the potential for over withdrawal from those same streams.” Aqua America (NYSE: WTR) is one of the largest U.S.-based, publicly-traded water utilities and serves almost 3 million residents in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Maine, New York and Georgia. Aqua America is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WTR. Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P. (NYSE: PVR) is a publicly traded limited partnership which owns and manages coal and natural resource properties and related assets, and owns and operates midstream natural gas gathering and processing businesses.  We own approximately 900 million tons of proven coal reserves in Northern and Central Appalachia, and the Illinois and San Juan Basins; our midstream natural gas assets are located principally in Texas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania and include more than 4,200 miles of natural gas gathering pipelines and 7 processing systems with approximately 420 million cubic feet per day of capacity.  Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P. (NYSE: PVR) announced the pricing of the public offering of 7,000,000 common units representing limited partner interests in PVR. The common units were priced at $24.55 per unit. In connection with the offering, PVR granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase a maximum of 1,050,000 additional common units to cover over-allotments, if any. PVR closed the sale of the common units on November 18, 2011, subject to customary closing conditions. PVR estimates that the net proceeds from the offering will be approximately $164.6 million (or $189.4 million if the underwriters exercise in full their option to purchase additional common units), after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated expenses, and intends to use all of the net proceeds from the offering to repay a portion of the borrowings outstanding under its revolving credit facility.  BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, J.P. Morgan, RBC Capital Markets and Wells Fargo Securities acted as joint book-running managers and representatives of the underwriters in connection with the offering. Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P. on Nov. 18, 2011  announced the closing of the previously announced public offering of 7,000,000 common units representing limited partner interests in PVR.  In connection with the offering, PVR granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase a maximum of 1,050,000 additional common units to cover over-allotments, if any.  PVR intends to use all of the net proceeds from the offering to repay a portion of the borrowings outstanding under its revolving credit facility. PVR has two major businesses: Coal and Natural Resource Management – Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P. coal and natural resource management segment primarily involves the management and leasing of coal properties and the subsequent collection of royalties. Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P. proven and probable coal reserves at year-end 2010 were approximately 804 million tons. Coal reserves are located on approximately 497,000 acres in various surface and underground mine seams located in the Central Appalachia, Northern Appalachia Illinois and San Juan Basins. Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P. also earn revenues from other land management activities, such as selling standing timber, leasing fee-based coal-related infrastructure facilities to certain lessees and end-user industrial plants, collecting oil and gas royalties and from coal transportation, or wheelage, fees and owns approximately 243,000 acres of forestland, the majority of which is located on properties that also contain their coal reserves, in addition royalty interests in approximately 6.3 Bcfe of proved oil and gas reserves located in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. Natural Gas Midstream Segment – Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P. natural gas midstream segment is engaged in providing natural gas processing, gathering and other related services. As of December 31, 2010, owned and operated natural gas midstream assets located in Oklahoma, Texas and Pennsylvania including six natural gas processing facilities having 400 MMcfd of total capacity and approximately 4,263 miles of natural gas gathering pipelines: Penn Virginia Resource Partners, L.P. natural gas midstream business earns revenues primarily from gas processing contracts with natural gas producers and from fees charged for gathering natural gas volumes and providing other related services; in addition owns a 25% member interest in Thunder Creek Gas Services, LLC, or Thunder Creek, a joint venture that gathers and transports coalbed methane in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, and also owns a natural gas marketing business, which aggregates third-party volumes and sells those volumes into intrastate pipeline systems and at market hubs accessed by various interstate pipelines.

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New Faucet Delivers Filtered Drinking Water Straight From the Tap

October 28, 2011

Homeowners in search of the best filtered drinking water should look no further than their kitchen sink, according to American Standard, which hopes that its new Streaming Filter Faucet will make great-tasting water easier to enjoy and better for the environment. The stylish kitchen faucet offers an easy means of enjoying healthy, filtered drinking water while saving money and reducing disposable plastic bottle waste. The simplicity of the system is its secret. American Standard Brands, long a leader in water-conservation technologies, seamlessly integrated an innovative filter system with a contemporary styled single-control kitchen faucet to provide crystal clear, odor-free drinking water for approximately 10 cents per gallon, a savings of more than 90 percent over the cost of bottled water. The result is an eco-savvy faucet that doesn’t burden homeowners with the bulky and unsightly aftermarket faucet attachments typically used to filter tap water. “With so many alternatives available, it is unconscionable that we knowingly litter our streets, clog our landfills and endanger our ocean habitats in a determined quest for clean drinking water, which is readily available in the developed world,” said Don Devine, American Standard president and chief executive officer. “Our drinking water is tested daily for safety, so it’s a natural choice for health- and cost-conscious consumers who want to do more to help preserve the quality of our environment.” REDUCING PLASTIC BOTTLE WASTE – The company launched its new filtered drinking water faucet based on a growing concern over the mounting ecological issues associated with plastic water bottle waste. Nearly seven out of every 10 plastic water bottles – or roughly 70 percent of the estimated 28 billion plastic water bottles that Americans consume annually – are destined for the landfill, according to a 2008 study by the National Association of PET Container Resources.  Using the Streaming Filter Faucet can help a family of four reduce their plastic waste by as many as 5,500 bottles per year. Moreover, the ADA-compliant faucet helps homeowners conserve their budget while quenching their desire for clean, filtered water at a fraction of the cost. In fact, people spend from 240 to over 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than they typically do for tap water, according to the National Resources Defense Council. This American Standard filter faucet system offers a modern alternative to the limited volume pitcher-style products that take up valuable refrigerator space, or the costly bottled water delivery services needed for some water cooler systems.   EASY OPERATION – With the eco-savvy filtered faucet in the “off” position, users simply shift the faucet handle to the right to generate an endless supply of cold filtered water for drinking, rinsing, cooking, or filling a pet’s dish with clean, chemical-free water.   Thanks to an innovative dual-access system, homeowners can remove and replace the filter with a simple quarter-turn from either above (by removing the included accessories dish) or below the sink.  The replaceable carbon-based filter effortlessly removes 98 percent of particulates, 97 percent of chlorine, and 99 percent of lead. And, unlike most bottled water, the Streaming Filter Faucet does not remove any of the beneficial fluoride that is added by local municipalities. Additionally, cross-contamination between unfiltered water is eliminated, as the filtered water travels through a separate waterway. ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY – In addition to providing an endless supply of crystal clear filtered water, every faucet is shipped with a reusable, stainless steel water canister so busy homeowners can take great tasting water wherever they go. Each cartridge filters approximately 250 gallons of water and should last approximately three months, based on average use for a family of four. The filter is tested and certified by NSF International and contains significantly less plastic than fully encapsulated filters, such as pitcher-style filtering systems, which means less potential plastic waste going to landfills. The Streaming Filter Faucet is the latest in a series of initiatives by American Standard Brands to raise awareness of practical water conservation solutions through award-winning product innovations and increased consumer choice. ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS – American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners.

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Aqua Completes Major Expansion in Texas with Purchase of Water Systems from American Water

July 19, 2011

Aqua Completes Major Expansion in Texas with Purchase of Water Systems from American Water. Aqua America, Inc. (NYSE: WTR), the largest publicly traded water utility in the state of Texas, has announced that its Texas subsidiary has completed the purchase of American Water Works Company, Inc.’s (NYSE: AWK) regulated Texas operations, significantly expanding its customer base in one of its fastest growing and energy-rich states. Aqua Texas has added 51 water and five wastewater systems, which serve 4,200 water and 1,100 wastewater customers (approximately 16,000 people) from Texas American for approximately $6 million—the approximate book value of the assets. The systems, which will be run as a single unit out of Aqua’s Houston office, serve parts of Brazoria, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda and Montgomery counties in the greater Houston metropolitan area. The acquisition follows Aqua’s December 2010 acquisition of water and wastewater system assets of Gray Utility, which served approximately 6,300 people in Chambers, Jefferson and Liberty counties along the Gulf Coast near Baytown, which is about 40 miles from downtown Houston. Collectively in 2010, Aqua Texas purchased 10 systems and increased its customer base by approximately six percent, nearly 90 percent of which was from acquisitions. Since entering the state in 2003, Aqua will have grown its customer base by 50 percent upon closing the Texas American transaction. “These transactions demonstrate the success of our growth-through-acquisition strategy,” said Aqua America Chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis when the deal was announced last year. “We are proud to be investing while strategically planning and executing our growth efforts in states like Texas where our operations already have critical mass, and is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation. Texas is also one of our areas of operations that offers opportunities for the water-energy nexus that could have a positive impact on the future of our operations.” In addition to customer growth, energy-rich Texas with its natural gas and energy resources, offers other potential business opportunities for Aqua America. Speaking before the Citi Climate Change and Water Conference last week in London, England, DeBenedictis said that the water-energy nexus will play a larger role in the future of the company with respect to environmental and business opportunities. “We are prepared to take a responsible and active role in what is becoming the next energy boom in Texas, Pennsylvania and some other states—natural gas drilling,” said DeBenedictis. “Shale drilling for natural gas is a very water intensive business that can provide an economic boost well into the future if it’s done right environmentally,” said DeBenedictis. “We are currently focusing on the ‘clean water’ aspects of the drilling business and will pursue the growth opportunities provided by the shale drilling industry, which is thought to be at the dawn of its life.” Aqua America, Inc. (NYSE: WTR) has announced an agreement with American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK) to purchase all of American Water’s regulated operations in Ohio and to simultaneously sell Aqua’s regulated operations in New York to American Water. Both companies are now the largest investor-owned water utilities in each of the two respective states. As a result of this transaction, Aqua will acquire approximately $98 million in additional rate base and grow its customer base in Ohio by approximately 57,280 additional customers. The transaction will allow Aqua to spread its fixed costs over more customers in Ohio, which should provide more cost efficiency to help address future rates. Under the agreement, Aqua America will purchase from American Water 8 water systems and 1 wastewater system in Ohio, which serve approximately 50,730 water and approximately 6,550 wastewater connections for approximately $120 million. The systems serve parts of nine counties primarily in central and northeast Ohio. The acquisition will increase the customer base of Aqua Ohio by approximately 66 percent. In a separate agreement, Aqua America has agreed to sell its 7 water systems, which serve approximately 50,520 customers in New York to American Water’s New York subsidiary for approximately $71 million, making Long Island American Water the state’s largest investor-owned water utility. Aqua America’s sale of its New York operations will conclude its regulated operations in that state. Both companies commended this agreement as a way to strengthen operations in their respective states, creating better economies of scale and providing additional opportunities to improve customer service. The closing on each transaction is subject to the closing on the other transaction and the purchase price in each transaction is subject to certain adjustments as of their respective closing dates. The transactions are subject to certain regulatory approvals and Aqua America and American Water expect both acquisitions to close during the first quarter of 2012.  In addition to customer growth, energy-rich Texas with its natural gas and energy resources, offers other potential business opportunities for Aqua America. Speaking before the Citi Climate Change and Water Conference June 2011 in London, England, DeBenedictis said that the water-energy nexus will play a larger role in the future of the company with respect to environmental and business opportunities. In 2010 alone, Aqua replaced 180 miles of main with a focused effort to restore its distribution network, which enhanced water quality and service reliability for its customers and provided economic and job growth in the areas where the company operates. Chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis rang the closing bell 14 June 2011 at the New York Stock Exchange signifying the end of the day’s trading and marking Aqua’s 40th year on the NYSE and the company’s 125th anniversary. “It is an honor to commemorate Aqua’s 40-year NYSE anniversary as well as our 125th year of operations by ringing the closing bell today,” said DeBenedictis. “Historically, many prominent leaders of economically and culturally relevant companies ring the bell, and I am humbled to continue to be among this elite group.” “Aqua has grown to become a leader in providing people with life’s most valuable necessity – quality drinking water – because of our unwavering commitment to excellence and service combined with a sound investment strategy for 125 years,” said DeBenedictis.  2011 also marks DeBenedictis’ 20th year leading Aqua America. Since DeBenedictis, a former Pennsylvania secretary of environmental resources and Environmental Protection Agency official, joined the company, Aqua has: completed more than 250 acquisitions and growth ventures since embarking on its growth-through-acquisition strategy, more than quadrupled its customer base from 236,000 in 1991 to 962,000 in 2010, increased its market cap from $125 million in 1991 to $3 billion in 2010, increased its total stockholder return by 900 percent since 1991, increased its dividend more than 200 percent, 20 increases over last 19 years. Last year, 2010, was a record year of revenue and net income, and it was Aqua America’s 11th consecutive year of net income growth. Aqua’s success continues in 2011 as it reported record first quarter earnings 2011. Established in 1886 by Swarthmore, Pa. college professors concerned about local water quality, 125 years later, Aqua America is still an innovation leader and is now one of the largest U.S.-based, publicly-traded water utilities, delivering clean water to more than three million people in 13 states. Aqua America is one of the largest U.S.-based, publicly-traded water utilities and serves almost 3 million residents in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Maine, Missouri, New York, and Georgia. Aqua America is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WTR.

 
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Cheap Toilet Lids Replace Tornado Destruction

July 9, 2011

The Great American Dream shattered when your guest broke the toilet tank lid cover. You worked hard all your life, made prudent investments and now part of your biggest investment, your home, is now broken. Typically, we expect to see a toilet tank lid on the toilet when we visit our bathroom. The saga of the toilet lid often goes unnoticed when we take the toilet lid for granted, we expect to see it proudly sitting on our toilet tank to complete the traditional wholesome look of our toilet. Unprotected toilet water tanks with no lid are a serious hazard for both safety and health. Rough broken tank lid edges can cut one, the curious kitten may decide to take a swim and drown, the old hair dryer and water shock, someone with little fingers may tinker with the exposed flush parts and you may have the River Jordan greet you when you return from vacation and the list goes on. Your house guests trashed your home including the toilet tank lid top cover besides eating you out of house and home. Just when you thought you would have to replace your existing toilet because the toilet lid broke you discovered Cheap Toilet Lids www.cheaptoiletlids.com which can spare you the expense of professional installation and buying another toilet just because the toilet tank lid cover top has been broken. Many will say the butler done it, but you say it was your house guest’s friend being nasty, others tell the story of a toilet bowel off the casino gaming floor at Resorts International in Atlantic City, NJ. The odds are good of finding a genuine American Standard, Kohler or other major brand factory replacement toilet tank lid cover, Cheap Toilet Lids claim 50,000 to one to have the plumbing part you need. Suzie Jackson of Cheap Toilet Lids in a recent interview related the story of a customer who ripped thru Resorts International Hotel and Casino Atlantic City public bathroom like a tornado destruction destroying every thing in the bathroom including the toilet lid. Water was everyone, flowing onto the casino gaming floor, people thought the ocean had overflowed, there were a couple of slip and falls, lost revenue from the areas having to be closed and more money spent to repair the water damage, the end of the story was when the customer walked away like nothing happened. The moral of the story is to have staff know where the water shut off valves are located. In the case of another client, Jackson reports Cheap Toilet Lids has repeat customers in a toilet lid of the month club where popular toilet lid inventory is stocked and ready for immediate shipment to the motel or condo who can not rent a unit because a toilet tank lid has been broken or is missing. Jackson noted behind every broken or missing toilet tank lid there is always a good story and while you have the toilet tank lid removed drop some food color in the tank let it sit a few hours and if the color makes it to the bowl you have a small leak which can be costing more money; often the cost of replacing a tank lid can be offset by repairing a faulty toilet valve which will save water and sewage costs. When you order the toilet tank lid from Cheap Toilet Lids you may also include plumbing parts and devices to save money which makes a story with a happy ending.

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