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PECO CAUTIONS: CONOWINGO POND INACCESSIBLE TO BOATING DUE TO PROLONGED LOW RIVER FLOW

 PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The extremely dry conditions of the Summer of '93 has left many boaters who usually spend time on the lower Susquehanna River with nowhere to go.
 Philadelphia Electric Company (NYSE: PE)(PECO) said the water level of the Conowingo Pond remains below the desired level for recreational boating, due to the prolonged lack of significant rainfall.
 PECO said the pond has been inaccessible from the boat ramps at the Peach Bottom, Glen Cove, Conowingo Creek, and Board Creek marinas. The only boat ramp accessible to the pond is Dorsey Park at PECO's Muddy Run Park.
 Precipitation in the Susquehanna River Basin has been below normal, and the river flow has been consistently low for several weeks. PECO said today Susquehanna River flow was 5,300 cubic feet per second (cfs) at Conowingo Dam. For the past six weeks, the Company said average flow at Conowingo Dam has been consistently about 5,000 cfs.
 PECO said the average Susquehanna River flow during July was 15,000 cfs, and it was approximately 11,000 cfs during August. The recent river flow is similar to the summer of 1991, when the daily average flow during July and August was just above 5,000 cfs.
 PECO said, under its operating permits, it is required to maintain a minimum flow through Conowingo Dam for environmental reasons. Dam operators are passing only the amount of water flowing down the river, which is measured at a flow gauge near Lancaster.
 The desired level for recreational boating is 106.5 feet. PECO said, with little appreciable precipitation in the past two weeks, the pond elevation decreased by one foot. Weekday water levels at Conowingo Pond have varied this week between 103 feet and 106 feet.
 The weather forecast fails to offer any improving conditions, and PECO operators advise boaters the pond level this weekend is expected to remain below 106 feet.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Wood of Philadelphia Electric, 215-841-4125/
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