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When was the last time you used water? You likely have washed your hands, prepared a meal or enjoyed a glass to drink within the past hour. It only takes a minute to use water, but the time and energy it takes to travel to your faucet is more complicated.

Water and energy share a close relationship — every process of the water system requires energy, from the initial treatment process to delivery through pipes and transportation of resources or service representatives to keep systems up-to-date and address problems.

Aqua America Inc. was awarded a grant of $86,812 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant will be applied to the purchase of 14 new vans, which will run on clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG). The vans will be added to Aqua America's growing fleet of CNG vehicles, including bi-fuel pickup trucks and dump trucks. Aqua America intends to convert its entire fleet in the future — saving energy and customers' money.

As a former DEP secretary and economic development director for the commonwealth, and now as an environmentally conscious CEO, I believe our commitment to sustainability is critical across all sectors. By investing now, we can help fuel a sustainable community for generations to come.

Nicholas DeBenedictis

Bryn Mawr

The writer is chairman and CEO of Aqua America Inc. (aquaamerica.com), which provides water and wastewater services to approximately 3 million people in 10 states.

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