State’s Water Systems Aging, Failures Common
October 12, 2010 at 14:15 PM EDT
Calling water facilities one of the “quiet” fibers of a community’s fabric, Suzanne Chiavari, vice president of engineering at New Jersey American Water, today addressed a State House public hearing on the topic of water infrastructure management and financing. The hearing was sponsored by the New Jersey Clean Water Council (CWC) to seek comments on its Draft Recommendations for Water Infrastructure Management and Financing white paper.
In supporting the CWC paper’s positions, Chiavari commended the CWC for taking on the water infrastructure issue. “We must remember that it was built by thousands of laborers over decades. It is maintained by thousands of dedicated workers today,” she said. “We are the beneficiaries of their dream and we have a responsibility to carry their legacy forward and not let the infrastructure crumble because of neglect or poor management.”
Chiavari made three points in her testimony to the Council:
New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: 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 investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 16 million people in 35 states, as well as Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.