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New Jersey American Water to Work with State Expert on Investigation of Bridge Collapse

New Jersey American Water is cooperating fully with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities as it looks into the cause of the June 29 Swimming River Water Treatment Plant’s pipe bridge collapse. An internal investigation using third party engineering firms, including the use of divers, had already begun collecting data shortly after the collapse, which resulted in the declaration of a nearly two-week water emergency in Monmouth County.

“At its meeting today, the Board of Public Utilities appointed a Special Reliability Master with expertise in pipe and bridge infrastructure to lead and continue their investigation. We will provide him with our full cooperation as we work together to determine what happened to the Swimming River pipe bridge and why,” said David K. Baker, president, New Jersey American Water.

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New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the 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 approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting


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