American Water’s NPXpress Awarded Technology Project of the Year
VOORHEES, N.J. -- November 15, 2012
American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK), the nation’s largest publicly
traded water and wastewater utility, today announced its patented NPXpress
Wastewater Technology earned the Technology Project of the Year award. One of
four awards presented by industry publication American Water Intelligence
(AWI) in its 2012 American Water Awards, Technology Project of the Year
recognizes the implementation of a new technology in a completed water or
wastewater project which most deserves broader recognition.
This week, at AWI’s American Water Summit in Chicago, Dr. Mark LeChevallier,
Director of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship for American Water, along
with other finalists, gave a six-minute presentation about American Water’s
technology. The summit attendees voted for their choice and American Water was
announced as one of two tied winners for the prize later that night at the
American Water’s NPXpress technology helps wastewater utilities, which are
facing both increasing operating costs and more stringent environmental
regulations, to reduce costs while improving the removal of nitrogen and
phosphorus. Because the technology operates at lower oxygen levels,
electricity consumption for aeration is reduced by 50 percent. In addition,
the process can eliminate the need for costly chemical addition (methanol) by
up to 80 to 100 percent. This new process, created by American Water experts,
provides a more affordable and sustainable way of treating sewage.
"It’s an honor to be selected by our peers in a category that included such an
elite group of innovators," said LeChevallier, Director of Innovation and
Environmental Stewardship for American Water. "The NPXpress technology has
demonstrated promising capabilities to achieve wastewater treatment and
nutrient removal in a sustainable way and has provided opportunities for
wastewater utilities to design, build, and operate an energy neutral
wastewater treatment plant."
Sponsored by American Water Intelligence, in partnership with its parent
publication, Global Water Intelligence, the 2012 American Water Awards
recognize and reward best practices throughout the U.S. water sector. Awards
include Utility Performer of the Year, Partnership Performance of the Year,
Technology Project of the Year, and Environmental Project of the Year.
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 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking
water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people
in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found at
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