International delegates meet with American Water on water infrastructure, management

American Water Works Company Inc. hosted 18 international water sector executives as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) program...

• American Water hosts U.S Department of Commerce Training Program

VOORHEES, N.J., May 4, 2009 - American Water Works Company Inc., the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company, hosted 18 international water sector executives today as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) program. This program introduces these regional leaders to the latest in technology and industry trends, while helping them to establish contacts with potential partners in the U.S. water management and treatment sector.

"As the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company, American Water is pleased that we can share our experience and expertise with other water industry professionals," said Walter Lynch, president of American Water's regulated operations. "Our national service area allows us to give this group a good picture of the water industry across the United States."

The SABIT Water Resource Management Program is training 18 mid- to senior-level water sector executives from Central Asia, Western Eurasia, and the Caucasus. These delegates, screened and selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce, represent industry leaders who are seeking information on improvements in water infrastructure management, equipment, and treatment processes, among other topic areas.

American Water hosted the group at one of its premier water treatment facilities, the Canal Road Water Treatment Plant located in Somerset, N.J. The plant not only employs the latest in water treatment technology but is also partially powered by solar energy.

"We are pleased that American Water is hosting our delegation," said Tracy Rollins, director of the SABIT Program for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

"The opportunity to meet with key executives from a major nationwide drinking water provider and to tour one of their modern water treatment facilities will greatly enhance our group's perspective of the water industry in the United States."

"Our group is looking forward to hearing about American Water's operations in the United States, and having a chance to discuss the water industry with our American colleagues," said Liliia Michenko, deputy head of the Ukraine's Odessa Regional Department of Water Management.

The Water Resource Management Program's main goals are to provide a comprehensive understanding of the water industry in the United States, and for these high-level managers to return home with the skills and knowledge necessary to affect change and make improvements within their own organizations.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company.

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