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New Jersey American Water Breaks Ground on Treatment Plant in Short Hills

New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and New Jersey American Water President John R. Bigelow were joined by state and local government officials, community leaders and employees today at a ceremonial ground breaking for the company’s new state-of-the-art water treatment plant on John F. Kennedy Blvd. in Short Hills.

New Jersey American Water is replacing its 1920s-era Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant with a modern facility which is scheduled to be in service by June 2012. The approximately $75 million project will create upwards of 200 construction jobs and when complete, the new treatment facility will have the capacity to deliver nearly 14 million gallons of water per day to customers in the New Jersey American Water’s Short Hills service area.

“This is a great project for New Jersey American Water and for the state,” said Bigelow. “The new plant will enable us to continue to deliver high-quality water service that meets or surpasses government standards and to do it in a way that is more efficient and environmentally friendly. Also, by investing in our water infrastructure, we will able to create jobs and contribute to the economic well-being of New Jersey.”

“This is a great day for the long-term growth of New Jersey American Water in Short Hills and across the State,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno. “Not only will the project support 200 jobs and spur $72 million in capital investment, but it will place New Jersey at the forefront of efforts to provide high-quality, environmentally-driven water service to millions of customers. This is exactly the kind of state-of-the-art project that will prove critical to growing our economy in the years ahead.”

The new plant, which is being constructed to meet the 2012 standards for disinfection byproducts under the Safe Drinking Water Act, will have advanced capabilities to improve the taste and smell of water, will add improved security and safety measures and data collection, and protect the plant from occasional flooding.

New Jersey American Water will also apply to have the new plant LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council as it will be equipped with many environmentally friendly features including premium efficiency pump motors, high efficiency lighting fixtures, use of natural lighting, and water efficient plumbing fixtures.

The Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant serves New Jersey American Water customers in portions of Essex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union counties and sits on more than 500 acres of land.

CDM Constructors Inc. with offices in Edison, NJ, and Hatch Matt MacDonald of Millburn, NJ are the design-build team of the new water treatment plant.

Follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter at twitter.com/njamwater.

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 15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

In 2011, 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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