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New Jersey American Water and Scholastic Announce “Tap For Tap” Contest Winners

New Jersey’s got talent, as evidenced by students in Colts Neck, Irvington and Westfield who used their creativity to spread an environmentally friendly message: that tap water beats bottled water. New Jersey American Water today announced the winners of the “Tap For Tap” contest, where teachers and students in grades K-8 wrote original lyrics to a “toe-tapping song” that describes what makes tap water so special and paired it with a creative dance routine.

Three winning classes were chosen in the following categories:

The winners were chosen from dozens of outstanding submissions from classrooms throughout the state. Entries were judged on the basis of how well the original song lyrics conveyed the benefits of tap water, and how well the students’ dance routine illustrated the benefits of tap water.

“New Jersey American Water is proud of the great work of not only the winning entries in the Tap For Tap contest, but also of the effort put forth by hundreds of students to spread the message of the value of tap water,” said John Bigelow, New Jersey American Water president. “Through catchy tunes and innovative dancing, these young people are encouraging others to learn about ways they can protect a vital resource and are educating the public about water conservation in exciting, new ways.”

The three winning classrooms will be rewarded with a field day filled with craft activities, water-related games, a visit from the “Puddles Watermobile,” a brand-new library of books, and a pizza party.

The winning videos can be viewed at www.youtube.com/njamwater.

New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest publicly traded 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 publicly traded 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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