VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 13, 2018--
Jersey American Water was recognized by the New Jersey Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP) as one of this year’s recipients of the
annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards. Recipients
were recognized earlier this week at a luncheon held at the New Jersey
State Museum by DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe and First Lady
Tammy Murphy, who also spoke at the event.
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Representatives from New Jersey American Water accept a 2018 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award for Innovative Technology. Pictured here, from left: Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP); First Lady Tammy Murphy; Russell Titus, Sr. Superintendent, Water Loss Management, New Jersey American Water; Ronald Oppenheimer, Project Manager, Water Loss Management, New Jersey American Water; and David Zimmer, Executive Director, New Jersey Infrastructure Bank. (Photo: Business Wire)
In its 19th year, the Governor’s Environmental Excellence
Awards recognize individuals, organizations and companies leading
outstanding environmental initiatives, programs and projects around the
state. Sponsored by the DEP, New Jersey Infrastructure Bank and the New
Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, in partnership with the New
Jersey State League of Municipalities and the DEP’s Environmental
Stewardship Initiative, the awards program has recognized a total of 180
recipients since its inception in 2000.
This year, 50 applications were submitted for consideration and reviewed
by a panel of judges who scored the nominations. New Jersey American
Water was named an award recipient in the category of innovative
technology – recognizing the company’s efforts in creating viable,
innovative solutions for controlling water loss.
“Our leak detection efforts are a large part of the work we do ensure
conservation and the efficient use of our most precious resource for our
2.7 million customers. Our teams – from water quality to plant
operations and distribution professionals – are constantly working to
find creative ways to utilize technology in order to provide quality
service for our customers while keeping costs low,” explained Deborah
Degillio, President of New Jersey American Water. “As a direct result of
working in partnership with our leak management technology provider, we
have not only created solutions to reduce water loss for those in New
Jersey, but can also serve as a model to other water providers across
In the Department of Environmental Protection’s news release announcing
the award winners, DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said, “This
year’s winners exemplify New Jersey’s strong commitment to protecting
the environment and following practices that will help us fight climate
change and sea-level rise, while also improving flooding resiliency
around the state. Their fine work is an example to us all, and I
congratulate the winners for their outstanding achievements.”
Additional award recipients included: Candace McKee Ashmun (Richard J.
Sullivan Award); Greenspot (Clean Air); American Littoral Society (Water
Resources and Healthy Ecosystems & Habitats); Sandy Urgo (Land
Conservation); Pioneers, Chapter 99 and Ericsson (Healthy & Sustainable
Businesses); Sustainable Downbeach and Surfrider Foundation, South
Jersey Chapter (Healthy & Sustainable Communities); New Jersey Climate
Adaptation Alliance (Environmental Education – Educator-led); and Puja
Vengadasalam (Environmental Education – Student-led).
To learn more about the awards, visit www.nj.gov/dep/eeawards/.
For more information about New Jersey American Water, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com.
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 www.newjerseyamwater.com.
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the
largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and
wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100
dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking
water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million
people in 45 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe,
clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make
sure we keep their lives flowing.
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Source: New Jersey American Water
Denise Venuti Free
Director of Communications and External Affairs