A WaterSense Neighborhood Grows in Camden
April 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM EDT
Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd joined New Jersey American Water President David K. Baker, other officials and members of Camden’s Cramer Hill neighborhood to celebrate breaking ground on 10 new single family homes that when finished, will be labeled through the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program.
The Nueva Vida III project will be the first urban community of such dwellings in the United States. The project, part of the Cramer Hill Community Development Corporation’s programming, was made possible by a Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit grant of $750,000 from New Jersey American Water.
“Though it is not widely recognized, New Jersey has a limited water supply. The Nueva Vida III project is a great example of what we as a company can do to partner with the communities we serve to promote conservation and wise water use,” said Baker.
When complete, the homes will have water efficient fixtures, appliances, and smart water meters to allow homeowners to gauge their water usage. It is expected that using EPA WaterSense-certified fixtures will save residents of Nueva Vida tens of thousands of gallons of water each year, as well as save money on their water bills.
Redd and Baker were joined by Mary-Anna Holden, commissioner at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities; Manny Delgado, executive director of the Cramer Hill Community Development Corp.; and Ana Montero, commissioner of at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
After dedicating the site of the new homes, which are scheduled to be under construction in May and complete early next year, officials planted a small, ceremonial community garden to symbolize the “nueva vida (new life)” that the homes will bring to the Cramer Hill neighborhood.
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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 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 and parts of Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.