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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

New Jersey American Water Showcases Innovative Solutions to Industry Challenges

New Jersey American Water engineers introduce technological advances for water utility industry at state conference for waterworks professionals

CHERRY HILL, N.J., March 24 2009 -- From detecting leaks before a water main breaks to using GPS-like technology for more timely repairs, engineers from New Jersey American Water (NYSE: AWK) will present exciting new breakthroughs for the water utility industry at the American Water Works Association - New Jersey Section (NJAWWA) Annual Conference in Atlantic City from March 31 to April 3.

New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water, is one of the only water utility companies in the nation with a research and development unit staffed by experienced scientists and engineers dedicated to finding solutions to challenges in the industry.

Highlights from the New Jersey American Water presentations include:

Russell Titus, operations supervisor: "Meter Reading and Leak Detection: A New Synergy." Titus will explain how Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) can better measure water consumption and acoustically monitor leaks in pipes before they break. Dana Wright, senior engineering project manager: "Bypass Surgery on PCCP Transmission Mains." Wright and Michal Altland, from Hatch Mott MacDonald, will detail how utilities can work on a line by shutting it down, while using a bypass so as not to disrupt service to customers.Mark Khodash, planning engineer: "Distribution Maps from a GIS: Collaborative Feedback." Khodash will illustrate how GPS technology will enable New Jersey American Water to shorten repair time when a pipe leak occurs.

"New Jersey American Water employs some of the most creative and talented professionals in the industry who are engaged in important research and advancements that will improve the ways in which we deliver reliable water service," said John Bigelow, president, New Jersey American Water. "The NJAWWA conference allows us to share our findings and exchange knowledge with our colleagues to put that knowledge into action for our customers."

Now in its 70th year, the New Jersey Conference is the American Water Works Association's largest yearly event and presents opportunities for education, technology transfer, networking, and socializing.

New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK - News), 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 32 states and Ontario, Canada.


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