New Jersey American Water Announces Temporary Water Treatment in Six Counties

  New Jersey American Water Announces Temporary Water Treatment in Six

   Temporary Change in Treatment for Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris,
                          Somerset & Union Counties

Business Wire

VOORHEES, N.J. -- January 2, 2013

As part of its annual pipeline maintenance program, New Jersey American Water
will temporarily change the water treatment process at its Raritan-Millstone
Water Treatment Plant in Bridgewater and its Canal Road Water Treatment Plant
in Somerset from a combined residual (a combination of ammonia and chlorine)
to free chlorine residual.

The change will begin on January 7, 2013 and last through February. During
this time period, customers may notice an increase in the taste and smell of
chlorine in their water. This is normal and will only be temporary until the
system maintenance is complete. New Jersey American Water continuously
monitors water quality to ensure that it meets or exceeds federal and state
drinking water standards and will continue to do so during and often
throughout this system maintenance.

The temporary treatment change applies to New Jersey American Water customers
in the following communities:

Bedminster, Belle Meade, Bound Brook, Branchburg, Bridgewater, Chester, Clark,
Cranbury, Cranford, Dunellen, Elizabeth, Edison, Fanwood, Flemington,
Franklin, Garwood, Green Brook, Hillside, Hillsborough, Jamesburg, Kenilworth,
Kingston, Lawrence, Linden, Manville, Martinsville, Middlesex, Millstone,
Montgomery, Mountainside, North Plainfield, Peapak/Gladstone, Piscataway,
Plainfield, Plainsboro, Pottersville, Princeton, Raritan, Roselle, Roselle
Park, Readington, Scotch Plains, Somerville, South Bound Brook, South
Brunswick, South Plainfield, Tewksbury, Union, and Westfield.

Should customers want to reduce the taste of chlorine in their water during
this maintenance, they should follow these tips:

  *Place water in a glass container in the refrigerator overnight uncovered.
    This will allow the chlorine to dissipate at a faster pace.
  *Bring your water to a rolling boil for five minutes and allow the water to
    cool. This should reduce the chlorine taste and smell in the water.
  *Add a lemon slice or a few drops of lemon juice to a glass of drinking

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New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE:
AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing
high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately
2.5 million people. 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 more than 7,000 dedicated professionals
who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to
approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of
Canada. More information can be found by visiting


New Jersey American Water
Peter Eschbach, 856-782-2316
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