N.J. American Water receives national award for water quality

New Jersey American Water's Delaware River Regional Water Treatment Plant and its Raritan Millstone Water Treatment Plant have received a national honor for maintaining the Directors Award of recognition from the Partnership for Safe Water...

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ, April 26, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- New Jersey American Water is proud to announce that its Delaware River Regional Water Treatment Plant and its Raritan Millstone Water Treatment Plant have received a national honor for maintaining the Directors Award of recognition from the Partnership for Safe Water.

The Partnership for Safe Water is a national volunteer initiative developed by the Environmental Protection Agency and other water organizations. The Partnership represents water suppliers striving to provide their communities with drinking water quality that surpasses the required federal standards.

The Directors Award is presented to water systems that have completed a successful review in the Partnership's Self-Assessment and Peer Review phase, a phase in which utilities examine the capabilities of their treatment plant operation and administration and then create a plan for implementing improvements. New Jersey American Water's Delaware River Regional Water Treatment Plant and its Raritan Millstone Water Treatment Plant have maintained the Directors Award for five consecutive years, an honor achieved by only 37 utilities across the country.

New Jersey American Water's ongoing participation in the program includes a rigorous review of treatment practices developed by national experts, and also includes a four-step, self-assessment and peer-review process.

"Maintaining Directors Award status for five years demonstrates our philosophy of constant vigilance to improve water quality," said Walter Lynch, President of New Jersey American Water. "We are thrilled to receive national recognition for this ongoing commitment to serve our customers the best in water quality possible."

New Jersey American Water (www.njawater.com), the state's largest water utility, serves over two million people in 176 communities throughout the state. Its parent company, American Water, a part of RWE's water division, serves 20 million customers in 27 states, four Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico and South America. More than 8,000 employees provide water, wastewater and other related services. German-based RWE's water division is the third largest water and wastewater services company in the world.

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