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Subzero Temperatures & Snow in the Forecast: New Jersey American Water Emphasizes Need to Guard Against Frozen Pipes

VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- It looks like the subzero temperatures and winter weather are here to stay for a while, so New Jersey American Water is urging homeowners to act now to prevent frozen and damaged household pipes.

"With the extreme cold temperatures and a pending snow storm, our crews are ready to handle any main breaks or service disruptions that come our way. We are also asking customers to take immediate steps to protect vulnerable areas of their homes to avoid frozen pipes that can burst and result in costly damage to their properties," said New Jersey American Water Vice President of Operations Thomas Shroba.

Property owners are responsible for maintenance of the water service line from the curb to the house, as well as any in-home piping. New Jersey American Water encourages residents to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of freezing and bursting pipes:

WHAT TO DO:

WHEN TEMPERATURES ARE CONSISTENTLY AT OR BELOW FREEZING:

IF YOUR PIPES FREEZE:

DURING SNOW EVENTS:

For more helpful tips and to view New Jersey American Water cold weather infographic, visit the Wise Water Use page, on the company's website at www.newjerseyamwater.com.

HELP REPORT LEAKS

New Jersey American Water also advises that sub-freezing temperatures can cause water mains and service lines to break and cause unsafe driving conditions. If you see a leak or your water service is disrupted, please contact the company's customer service center at 1-800-272-1325.

New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.7 million people. More information can be found at newjerseyamwater.com. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. The company employs 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

New Jersey American Water
Denise Venuti Free
Director of Communications and External Affairs
856-782-2316
denise.free@amwater.com

Source: New Jersey American Water

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