American Water to participate in drinking water safety study

This invitation-only workshop will take place on May 18 in Washington, D.C.

May 14th, 2016
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VOORHEES, NJ, May 13, 2016 -- American Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation's largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, today announced Dr. Orren Schneider, manager of Water Technology, will participate in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Policy’s (PCAST) new study to help inform action to ensure safe drinking water in the U.S. This invitation-only workshop will take place on May 18 in Washington, D.C.

Schneider will join other experts as well as Federal agencies to look at how contaminants in water are detected and monitored from source to tap, how the associated risks are assessed and remediated, and how information about contaminant concentrations, risks, and remedies is communicated to officials and the public. In addition to identifying current best practices in these areas and the potential for propagating such practices more widely, PCAST will consider what lines of research and development hold promise for improving relevant capabilities and practices going forward.

After the study, PCAST will recommend to the President actions the Federal government can take, in concert with cities and states, to promote application of the best available science and technology to drinking-water safety, now and in the future.

The results of the study will help inform future action to ensure that all Americans have affordable access to high-quality water when and where they need it.

PCAST is an advisory group of the Nation’s leading scientists and engineers, appointed by the President to augment the science and technology advice available to him from inside the White House and from Cabinet departments and other Federal agencies.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. Marking its 130th anniversary this year, the company employs more than 6,700 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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