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New Jersey American Water’s Delaware River Plant Remains Unimpacted by Chemical Spill; Company Lifting Voluntary Conservation Order

CAMDEN, N.J. – MARCH 28, 2023 – New Jersey American Water continues to reassure its customers that treated water from its Delaware River Regional Water Treatment Plant is not impacted by the chemical spill that occurred early Saturday morning from a manufacturing plant into a tributary of the river in Bristol, Pa. Additionally the company is now lifting the voluntary conservation order that was put into place on Sunday evening for its customers in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.

New Jersey American Water is monitoring the source water and performing water quality tests at various points in the treatment process and throughout the distribution system. The treated drinking water being delivered to customers in the three counties served by the Delaware River Regional Water Treatment Plant has not been impacted.

The voluntary conservation notice for customers is being lifted because the company is able to replenish its source water supply more frequently as the threat of contamination continues to diminish.

“As more time passes and all river samples continue to show no detection of contaminant, we are more confident in drawing source water as needed to replenish our reserves,” stated Mark McDonough, President of New Jersey American Water. “We will continue to monitor and test the source water by our intakes to ensure it is appropriate for us to take in.”

McDonough added that state and federal agencies, and other water purveyors are also still testing the river, including the area around the plant’s intakes. No contaminants have been detected.

Customers are being notified that the voluntary conservation notice is being lifted through the company’s customer notification system. Updates will continue to be posted as they become available on the website at www.newjerseyamwater.com, under Alerts, and on the company’s social media channels, @njamwater.

New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people. For more information, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook.


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