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American Water Receives 29 National Awards for Excellence in Water Quality

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American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK) , the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, is proud to announce the achievement of 29 Partnership for Safe Water awards. Two plants are receiving a Presidents Award, one plant is receiving a Phase III Directors Award of Recognition, one plant is receiving an award for maintaining Phase III certification for five years, 23 plants are being presented with the Phase III Directors Award status for 15 years, and two systems are being presented with Phase III Directors Award for Distribution. The awards were presented during the 2015 American Water Works Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Nationally, just over 400 surface water treatment plants are part of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Partnership for Safe Water Program, a voluntary effort that is designed to increase protection against microbial contamination through treatment optimization. American Water accounts for about 20 percent of the participating plants nationwide, and has received more Partnership for Safe Water awards than any other utility nationwide. As a member of the Partnership for Safe Water, American Water demonstrates its commitment to improve the quality of drinking water delivered to customers by optimizing system operations.

“Environmental leadership is one of American Water’s core values, and having 29 of our facilities recognized by the Partnership for Safe Water is very meaningful for us,” said Susan Story, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We hold ourselves to the highest standards in delivering clean, safe, high-quality drinking water to the people we serve, and this national recognition is a true testament to our employees’ expertise, dedication to excellence and commitment to protecting public health.”

Pennsylvania American Water‘s Clarion Water Treatment Plant and Norristown Water Treatment Plant have received the elite Presidents Award recognition. Phase IV goals are the highest possible level of performance that can be achieved in the four-phase program. The Presidents Award recognizes achieving Phase IV’s very stringent individual filter performance goals for turbidity. Pennsylvania American Water’s facilities have been participating in the Partnership since 1996. Pennsylvania American Water now has three surface water treatment plants that have received the Phase IV Presidents Award.

American Water’s Contract Services Group was recognized with its first Phase III Directors Award of Recognition for its North Brunswick Water Treatment Plant, N.J. American Water accounts for approximately 30 percent of the plants receiving the program’s Phase III Director Award.

West Virginia American Water’s Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant was recognized for maintaining the Phase III Directors Award status for five years. With a total of 64 surface water treatment plants recognized, American Water accounts for about one-third of all plants that have received the Five-Year Phase III award nationwide.

The following American Water treatment plants were recognized for maintaining the Phase III Directors Award status for 15 years:

Illinois American Water

  • Pontiac Water Treatment Plant
  • Streator Water Treatment Plant

New Jersey American Water

  • Delaware River Regional Water Treatment Plant
  • Raritan-Millstone Water Treatment Plant

Pennsylvania American Water

  • Bangor Water Treatment Plant
  • Brownell Water Treatment Plant
  • Butler Water Treatment Plant
  • Ceasetown Water Treatment Plant
  • EH Aldrich Water Treatment Plant
  • Ellwood Water Treatment Plant
  • Fallbrook Water Treatment Plant
  • Forest City Water Treatment Plant
  • Gerald C. Smith Water Treatment Plant (Hershey)
  • Hays Mine Water Treatment Plant
  • Indiana Water Treatment Plant (Two Lick Creek)
  • Kittanning Water Treatment Plant
  • Milton Water Treatment Plant
  • Montrose Water Treatment Plant
  • Nesbitt Water Treatment Plant
  • New Castle Water Treatment Plant
  • Philipsburg Water Treatment Plant
  • Silver Spring Water Treatment Plant

Tennessee American Water

  • Citico Water Treatment Plant

American Water accounts for approximately 45 percent of the plants receiving the Fifteen-Year Phase III Award.

American Water’s Military Services Group was recognized with two Phase III Directors Awards for Distribution for the water distribution systems it manages for Fort Sill, Okla., and Fort Hood, Texas.

“We’re tremendously proud of our Fort Hood and Fort Sill teams for their unwavering efforts to deliver superior quality drinking water to the servicemen and -women at those bases,” said Military Services Group President Todd Duerr. “The Partnership for Safe Water Directors Award is a difficult-to-achieve, well-deserved honor, and is another example of American Water demonstrating to the government how safe, compliant and reliable water operations are implemented through Utilities Privatization.”

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.

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