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.
Aqua Ohio, an Aqua America subsidiary, serves approximately 500,000 residents in 19 counties across the state of Ohio. Customers can pay their Aqua water bill online through WaterSmart e-billing or any number of convenient ways to pay.