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Cleaner Pipes Provide Higher Quality Water Service

Some older water mains in New Jersey American Water’s system have been reconditioned as the company has rehabilitated more than 40,000 feet of pipe in 2010. For customers in Dunellen, Mendham and Westfield, the approximately $4.1 million in “cleaning and lining” projects helped to bring a higher level of water service and quality.

Cleaning and lining is the process of removing corrosion from inside unlined cast iron water mains, then lining the inner surface of the main with cement. As part of the project, New Jersey American Water also replaced 45 fire hydrants, more than 120 valves and more than 40 service lines from the main to the curb box. This procedure significantly improves the reliability of water service, water quality and fire flows.

“New Jersey American Water constantly evaluates its systems to ensure that we are providing outstanding water service to our customers,” said Suzanne Chiavari, vice president of engineering at New Jersey American Water. “Cleaning and lining is one tool that we use to address the challenge of maintaining quality water service as our infrastructure ages.”

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


New Jersey American Water
Richard G. Barnes, 856-782-2371

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