VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, received a Business Achievement Award from the Environmental Business Journal® (EBJ) for the sixth year. These awards annually recognize companies and executives for environmental achievements seen as outperforming the market.
American Water was recognized by the EBJ in the “Project Merit: Water” category for its four solar-powered ultrasonic algae control buoys manufactured by LG Sonic, which were installed in Reservoir No. 1 at the Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant in Short Hills, N.J. The treatment plant is operated by American Water's New Jersey subsidiary, New Jersey American Water.
As much of North America has seen warmer summers, growth of algae in some surface water supplies has increased. These buoys transmit ultrasonic waves continuously to disrupt algal cells, causing them to sink and preventing proliferation. This was the first installation of this relatively new technology for drinking water reservoirs in North America. Extensive testing conducted during 2014 showed that the buoys had a significant impact on the algae, allowing the plant to reduce chemical consumption by more than 20 percent, and reducing the concentration of undesirable taste and odor causing compounds in the treated water delivered to customers.
“We are honored to be recognized for our environmental achievement,” said Mark LeChevallier, Director of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship for American Water. “This project proved to be a great example of how American Water is committed to protecting the environment, and to finding ways to use our most precious resource wisely.”
The 2014 EBJ awards will be presented at a special ceremony at the Environmental Industry Summit XIII in San Diego, Calif. on March 11-13, 2015. The Environmental Industry Summit is an annual three-day executive retreat hosted by EBI Inc.
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 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.