Aqua celebrated our 130-year anniversary of protecting and providing water service in the communities we serve in 2016. Our history dates back to Jan. 4, 1886, when a group of Swarthmore College professors were granted a charter to supply water to the residents of Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
The professors had previously been part of an association that included Swarthmore residents who had abandoned their wells in favor of nearby spring water. They built a small pumping station and laid pipes to their homes. At first, new customers were welcomed openly, but as the number of potential customers increased, so did the association’s operating responsibilities. It was then that the association decided to incorporate the Springfield Water Company — the future Aqua America.
Today, Aqua provides water and wastewater services to more than 3 million people in 8 states and continues to grow its operations through acquisitions.
And in celebration of our 130th anniversary, we are introducing our new mission and vision statements to guide our company into the future.
Protecting and providing Earth's most essential resource.
At Aqua America, we know that water is a precious resource – one that plays a critical role in sustaining life. We take seriously our responsibility to protect and provide this essential resource. We are committed to sustainable business practices; excellent customer service; attracting and developing top talent; the strategic growth of our company; delivering shareholder value; investing in technology and infrastructure; and giving back to the communities in which we operate. We do all these with integrity and transparency.
Our Core Values:
Integrity, Respect and the Pursuit of Excellence
At Aqua, we are guided by a set of principles that embody the character of our company and inspire our work together. They are embedded within our business practices and our behavior. We are proud to be united by integrity, respect and the pursuit of excellence to be the best we can be for our customers and communities.