Camden’s Water Meets or Surpasses All Water Quality Standards, Including Those Set for Lead
CAMDEN, NJ (August 13, 2019) – In light of the ongoing issues related to elevated lead levels in Newark, New Jersey’s public water system, the City of Camden, New Jersey American Water and American Water Contract Services in Camden are reassuring residents that their water is safe to drink.
The City’s water is divided into two systems: New Jersey American Water owns and operates the water system in East Camden/Cramer Hill, which serves about one-third of the city’s residents, and American Water Contract Services operates and maintains the city’s water system through a contract with the City of Camden’s Department of Public Works, which serves about two-thirds of the city’s residents, as well as all of the city’s wastewater customers. Both water systems meet or surpass all water quality regulations, including those related to lead.
“Camden’s water is safe and even surpasses quality standards,” stated Camden Mayor Frank Moran. “I am confident in both New Jersey American Water and American Water Contract Services to not only monitor the City’s water system but deliver quality water services. I would also like to reassure our residents that Camden’s system surpasses all water quality regulations as it relates to lead. I encourage our residents to review the Water Quality Reports which are available online to see the results for themselves.”
“Both New Jersey American Water and American Water Contract Services in Camden routinely test and monitor the drinking water leaving the treatment facilities and at different distribution points through the system, and test results show the water in Camden meets or surpasses both state and federal standards for all regulated substances, including lead,” explained Cheryl Norton, president of New Jersey American Water. “In fact, our test results for lead show that both systems operating in the city of Camden are more than four times better than current lead regulations.”
Norton continued, “We have an exceptional track record when it comes to water quality and regulatory compliance which ranks us among the best water companies in the nation. We encourage our customers to read through the information provided in our Water Quality Reports to better understand the work we do and our commitment to providing high-quality water 24 hours a day, 365 days a year throughout Camden and the other communities in New Jersey that we serve.”
The community’s Water Quality Reports, which are available online and also in printed copies upon request, give an overview of local drinking water sources for each community and detail the extensive testing conducted on the company’s water each year. Camden residents who are New Jersey American Water customers can access their water quality report online at www.newjersey.amwater.com/waterquality. City of Camden customers, serviced through American Water Contract Services, can access their water quality report online at www.aw-connect.com/Camden.
Norton added that there are additional steps people can take to help further protect themselves from lead particles that could be present in indoor plumbing. “While we know that lead is not an issue in the treated water leaving our facilities or in the pipes in the distribution system, if your home was built before 1985, your plumbing system may contain leaded materials. To minimize possible exposure, experts recommend running your kitchen tap with cold water for 30 seconds to 2 minutes if it has gone unused for more than six hours. This is a simple way to reduce the risk of lead exposure from plumbing in older buildings.”
For more tips and information, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com/leadfacts.
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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 publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. The company employs 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in 46 states. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
City of Camden
856-757-7200 | ViBasara@ci.camden.nj.us
Denise Venuti Free
Director of Communications and External Affairs
New Jersey American Water
856-955-4874 | Denise.Free@amwater.com
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