American Water Awarded Filtration Research Grant from Water Research Foundation

  American Water Awarded Filtration Research Grant from Water Research

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VOORHEES, N.J. -- October 21, 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 Water Research Foundation to investigate removal mechanisms of
nitrosamine precursors during the filtration of drinking water.

The project, titled “Impact of Filtration media type/age on Nitrosamine
Precursors,” will focus on the role of biologically active filters for the
removal of compounds that are precursors to the formation of nitrosamines.
Nitrosamines are a group of carcinogenic compounds that can be formed during
chloramine based disinfection of water. The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency is considering inclusion of nitrosamines in future drinking water

“This is a potential ‘win-win’ solution because biologically active filters do
not need to be replaced on a frequent basis and they can produce better water
quality,” explains Dr. Zia Bukhari, Senior Environmental Scientist, American
Water. “If biofilters can be effective for removing nitrosamine precursors,
this would result in safer water at a lower cost.”

The two-year research study will cost $387,460 with funding from both the
Water Research Foundation and American Water, and will involve examining
treatment filters at four locations.

About Water Research Foundation

The Water Research Foundation is an internationally recognized leader in
sponsoring research that supports the water community in holistically and
cooperatively managing water from all sources to meet social, environmental,
and economic needs. WRF’s research provides reliable and relevant solutions to
the most critical challenges facing the water community today and into the
future. Founded in 1966, WRF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has
sponsored nearly 1,500 research projects and serves more than 1,000
subscribing organizations. For more information, go to

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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