American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the U.S., today announced its participation in American Water Works Association’s (“AWWA”) Annual Source Water Protection Week – September 24 - September 30.
“Protecting drinking water sources requires community engagement and effort. By sharing information and taking action, utilities, local organizations and customers can work together to protect this vital resource," said Lynda DiMenna, Vice President and Chief Environmental and Safety Officer. "During Drinking Water Week and beyond, American Water continues to educate employees and customers across our national footprint about the steps we take to provide safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers."
American Water is committed to providing high-quality drinking water while also prioritizing source water protection, which includes:
- Conducting nearly 1 million tests and measurements each year at American Water state-of-the-art research laboratories.
- Application of the most advanced technology, equipment, and filtration processes.
- Constant collaborative work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other state and local agencies to meet or surpass water quality standards and address emerging contaminants so that potential impacts to water quality are minimized.
During Source Water Protection Week, we encourage individuals to take the following actions and incorporate them into their year-round practices:
- Use and dispose of harmful materials properly. Take hazardous household waste such as cleaners, oils, paints and batteries to proper waste collection sites.
- Dispose of pharmaceuticals by taking them to collection sites, where available. Don’t flush them down the toilet!
- Limit the use of fertilizers and pesticides on your lawn or consider natural alternatives. Consider landscaping with native plants and use mulch on bare ground and slopes to prevent erosion and runoff.
- Clean up litter, pet waste and lawn clippings from your yard that may end up in the storm drains when it rains.
- Report any spills, illegal dumping or suspicious activity to local or state authorities.
Learn more about American Water and Source Water Protection here.
About American Water
American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing® by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people with regulated operations in 14 states and on 18 military installations. American Water’s 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company’s national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes for the benefit of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders.
As one of the fastest growing utilities in the U.S., American Water expects to invest $30 to $34 billion in infrastructure repairs and replacement, system resiliency and regulated acquisitions over the next 10 years. The company has a long-standing history of executing its core operations, aligned with sustainable best practices, through its commitments to safety, affordability, customer service, protecting the environment, an inclusive workforce and strengthening communities.
American Water has been recognized on the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the fifth consecutive year, ranked 18th on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies 2023 List, earned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act designation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® Excellence Award, among additional state, local and national recognitions.
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