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ESSENTIAL UTILITIES, INC. 762 WEST LANCASTER AVENUE BRYN MAWR, PA 19010D34860-P49613You invested in ESSENTIAL UTILITIES, INC. and it’s time to vote! You have the right to vote on proposals being presented at the Annual Meeting. This is an important notice regarding the availability of proxy material for the shareholder meeting to be held on May 5, 2021.Get informed before you vote View the Notice and Proxy Statement and Annual Report, online OR you can receive a free paper or email copy of the material(s) by requesting prior to April 21, 2021. If you would like to request a copy of the material(s) for this and/or future shareholder meetings, you may (1) visit www.ProxyVote.com, (2) call 1-800-579-1639 or (3) send an email to sendmaterial@proxyvote.com. If sending an email, please include your control number (indicated below) in the subject line. Unless requested, you will not otherwise receive a paper or email copy.Smartphone users Point your camera here and vote without entering a control numberVirtually at:Vote Virtually at the Meeting* May 5, 2021 8:00 a.m., Eastern Timewww.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/WTRG2021*Many shareholder meetings have attendance requirements including, but not limited to, the possession of an attendance ticket issued by the entity holding the meeting. Please check the meeting materials for any special requirements for meeting attendance. V1




Vote at www.ProxyVote.comTHIS IS NOT A VOTABLE BALLOT This is an overview of the proposals being presented at the upcoming shareholder meeting. Please follow the instructions on the reverse side to vote these important matters.Voting ItemsBoard Recommends1. To elect eight nominees for directors: Nominees: 01) Elizabeth B. Amato 05) Edwina Kelly 02) Christopher H. Franklin 06) Ellen T. Ruff 03) Daniel J. Hilferty 07) Lee C. Stewart 04) Francis O. Idehen 08) Christopher C. WomackFor 2. To ratify the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the independent registered public accounting firm for the Company for the 2021 fiscal year: For 3. To approve an advisory vote on the compensation paid to the Company’s named executive officers for 2020: For 4. To ratify the Amendment to the Company’s Bylaws to permit shareholder access to future proxy statements: For NOTE: To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournments or postponements thereof.Prefer to receive an email instead? While voting on www.ProxyVote.com, be sure to click “Sign up for E-delivery”.D34861-P49613