CA American Water pilots new web-based, water-saving technology

California American Water has announced that it will be testing new technology that will enable participating Monterey Peninsula customers to monitor their daily water usage and identify unusually high water use that may indicate a leak.

PACIFIC GROVE, CA, Feb. 6, 2015 -- California American Water (CAW) -- a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation's largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company -- has announced that it will be testing new technology that will enable participating Monterey Peninsula customers to monitor their daily water usage and identify unusually high water use that may indicate a leak.

CAW launched the pilot in an effort to conserve both water and the power used to pump it as well as help customers avoid high bills due to leaks. Further, the objective of the project is to garner enough information to evaluate feasibility and cost of operation, as well as to evaluate which features customers find most useful.

"Nobody likes the shock of a high water bill due to a toilet or irrigation leak that they don't know about until the bill arrives," said Rob MacLean, CAW president. "And by the time the leak is discovered, thousands of gallons of water can be wasted as well as all the energy required to pump that water. By providing customers a detailed picture of their daily water usage, we hope to reveal opportunities for water savings."

The pilot will begin this month and will run for approximately one year. CAW is currently recruiting up to 200 business and residential customers from two neighborhoods to voluntarily participate in the project. However, others will be selected from a number of areas on the peninsula to ensure that there is a mix of residential and commercial customers testing the technology.

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About California American Water

California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 600,000 people. Founded in 1886, American Water Works Company 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.

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