American Water Awarded Research Grant from WateReuse Research Foundation

  American Water Awarded Research Grant from WateReuse Research Foundation

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VOORHEES, N.J. -- October 17, 2013

American Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation’s largest publicly traded water and
wastewater utility company, today announced it has been awarded a research
grant from the WateReuse Research Foundation to investigate the impacts of low
dissolved oxygen conditions at a full-scale membrane bioreactor (MBR) water
reuse plant.

The project, valued at $365,777, will focus on the operation of advanced MBRs
under low dissolved oxygen (DO) conditions to maximize nitrogen removal.
Researchers will monitor the process using continuous online analyzers. The
study will be conducted at the Fillmore Water Recycling Facility, an
award-winning zero-discharge water reuse plant that is designed, built and
operated by American Water’s Contract Services Group for the city of Fillmore,

“The goal of this research is to produce high quality reclaimed water through
a process that saves energy and reduces chemicals, while improving the
treatment of emerging contaminants,” said Dr. Helen Littleton, Technical
Manager for Commercial Wastewater Projects, American Water. “In addition, the
project will examine whether these conditions will also improve the removal of
pharmaceuticals and nitrosamine precursors. These are all issues faced by the
reclaimed water industry.”

The American Water project team will consist of Dr. Helen Littleton as the
principal investigator, and Dr. Zia Bukhari, Senior Environmental Scientist,
serving as a co-principal investigator. Dr. Mark LeChevallier will be serving
as internal advisor.

About the WateReuse Research Foundation

The WateReuse Research 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. The Foundation sponsors applied research which
addresses the full range of scientific, technical, policy, and social science
issues related to water reuse and desalination. For more information, visit

About American Water

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 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking
water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people
in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found at

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