Earth Day 2014: American Water continues focus on creating green cities

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VOORHEES, NJ, April 22, 2014 -- In commemoration of Earth Day 2014, American Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation's largest publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company, continues to strive toward creating green cities throughout the United States.

The global theme for Earth Day 2014 is "Green Cities," and the Earth Day Network is seeking to help cities around the world become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. As such, American Water knows that water plays a crucial role in the sustainability, energy savings and greening of cities, and planning for the future is a part of the company's efforts in treating, delivering and protecting the world's water resources.

In addition to advances like "living buildings," breakthrough solar applications and self-driving cars, green cities of the future will have buildings equipped with comprehensive water management systems, allowing them to collect rainwater, monitor water use and efficiently recycle greywater. American Water already utilizes innovative technologies in treating and delivering water, as well as more advanced solutions that help address the needs of future generations while making a difference today.

"As caretakers of the most precious of resources, we have also developed innovative solutions that help prevent losses of treated water and create efficiencies in energy use, which preserves water supplies and also helps reduce our carbon footprint," said Dr. Mark LeChevallier, Director of Innovation & Environmental Stewardship for American Water. "Embracing innovations like these is what helps us achieve sustainable and efficient operations, which ultimately makes a difference for individuals, communities, and the environment."

See also:

"Conference drives 'one water' integration for green cities"

"EPA, NRDC sign pledge to green cities, prevent pollution"

About American Water

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40 states and parts of Canada. For more information, visit www.amwater.com.

About Earth Day

Earth Day is observed annually on April 22 to raise awareness about the role each person can play to protect vital natural resources and safeguard the environment. Since the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, the event has expanded to include citizens and governments in more than 195 countries. For more information, visit www.earthday.org.

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