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American Water And WateReuse Foundation Join Forces To Preserve Nation's Water Supply

November 06, 2006

Companies enter into research partnership, study the biology of reclaimed water Voorhees, NJ - November 06, 2006 American Water, the largest water services provider in North America, today announced it has signed a contract with The WateReuse Foundation to conduct a joint research project on the biostability of reclaimed water. The project, titled "Microbiological Quality and Biostability of Reclaimed Water Following Storage and Distribution," will study the biological components of water in reclaimed water systems, or those where wastewater is treated and reused for a number of environmental purposes, such as irrigation and grounds maintenance. "Water is a precious natural resource, and one that is essential to life," said Mark LeChevallier, director of innovation and environmental stewardship at American Water. "Reclaimed water systems prevent pollution, enhance the environment and promote sustainability." The American Water-WateReuse Foundation project will provide practical data for understanding how microbial regrowth in reclaimed distribution systems alters effluent microbial water quality - and how to control this regrowth. Total budget for the 30-month project is $500,335, with $300,000 in funds contributed by The WateReuse Foundation, and $200,335 of in-kind support from American Water and other participating organizations. "This is a very significant research project," LeChevallier continued. "The impact of treatment process, disinfection, storage and system operation will be modelled in a way than can be applied to a wide range of reclaimed water systems." The end report will document cost-effective strategies to reduce the risks of regrowth in reclaimed water systems throughout the country. American Water is dedicated to the development of sustainable solutions to address numerous water challenges facing the U.S. From infrastructure to rehabilitation, to implementing new compliance regulations and creating new sources of water, American Water is considered the definitive industry leader. The WateReuse Foundation is an educational, non-profit public benefit corporation that serves as a centralized organization for the water and wastewater community to advance the science of water reuse, recycling, reclamation and desalination. For more information regarding the American Water-WateReuse Foundation research partnership, please contact Mark LeChevallier at 856-346-8261, or via email at With headquarters in Voorhees, NJ, American Water employs approximately 7,000 who provide high quality water, wastewater, and other related services to more than 18 million people in 29 states and Canada. Contact Kimberly Cooper 856.346.8207
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