NJ American Water to resume treating water with chloramines in six counties
On Wednesday, April 15, New Jersey American Water will resume the use of chloramines (a mixture of chlorine and ammonia) to treat water at its Canal Road and Raritan Millstone Water Treatment Plants.
VOORHEES, NJ, April 10, 2015 -- On Wednesday, April 15, New Jersey American Water (NJAW) -- a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation's largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company -- will resume the use of chloramines (a mixture of chlorine and ammonia) to treat water at its Canal Road and Raritan Millstone Water Treatment Plants.
Chloramines have been used in the system for more than 25 years and are an effective method of water disinfection, meeting all drinking water standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
In mid-January, as part of its system maintenance program, NJAW temporarily changed its treatment process from chloramines to chlorine. The three-month changeover to chlorine enabled the company to perform maintenance on its chemical feed systems and remove any residual ammonia from the water distribution system.
During the transition to chlorine, some customers may have noticed a slight chlorine taste and odor in their water. With the resumption of the chloramination process, the taste and smell of chlorine will abate. Nearly 50 municipalities receive service from the Raritan-Millstone and Canal Road Water Treatment Plants.
About New Jersey American Water
New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people. 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.