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Make Water Conservation a Personal Priority in the New Year

At this point in 2011, many of our New Year resolutions have already been broken. But there’s one resolution you can make and if kept, can help save you money and be environmentally conscious. Join New Jersey American Water in resolving to use water wisely and to learn more about water conservation.

According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, one billion gallons of water are used in the Garden State every day. That’s enough water to cover the entire state in about eight inches of water! Here are some simple suggestions to save some blue, and in the process save some green:

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or washing dishes in the sink
  • Run dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are full
  • If your appliances have a water-saver cycle, use it
  • Adjust the water level of your clothes washer so it matches your load size
  • Regularly check your toilet, faucets, and pipes for leaks. New Jersey American Water offers leak detection kits at the learning center on our website at www.newjerseyamwater.com . If you find a leak, have it fixed as soon as possible
  • Consider water and energy-efficient appliances. The USEPA reports that EPA-certified Energy Star washing machines may use 35 percent less water per load. Water-saving shower heads, toilets and faucet aerators can also help cut your water usage
  • Insulate exposed water pipes with pre-slit foam insulation. You’ll enjoy hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up

“Every one of us can make small adjustments in our water usage to help conserve a natural resource and to lower bills,” said John Bigelow, president of New Jersey American Water. “We hope our customers accept the challenge this year of learning about wise water use, and at the same time save water and money.”

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.

American Water is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a yearlong campaign to promote water efficiency and the importance of protecting water from source to tap. To learn more, visit www.amwater125.com.

Contacts:

New Jersey American Water
Richard G. Barnes, 856-782-2371
richard.barnes@amwater.com

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