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It's easy to take water for granted. When we need it, we expect it to be there. Making sure it gets there and that it is of high quality is what matters most to American Water.

Working with cities and communities of all sizes, we operate and maintain water and wastewater systems and treatment plants that treat water from rivers, lakes, reservoirs and oceans. We have the expertise, technology and tools to solve complex challenges, such as providing a water supply to 400,000 homes in the middle of a desert. We've built self-contained wastewater recycling systems for New York high-rises and an NFL football stadium, and rescued a troubled treatment plant that converts ocean water to drinking water.

American Water is also looking toward the future of our planet. We've partnered with Midwestern plants to provide the water needed to produce ethanol, a biofuel with the potential to reduce greenhouse emissions and our country's reliance on foreign oil. We also support a number of local conservation projects in the communities we serve.

The Water Cycle
Treating Water
Desalination
Ethanol
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