VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- New Jersey’s demand for water challenges an already strained water supply, requiring new sources and those likely will be expensive.
“All of the inexpensive water in New Jersey has already been found and is being used,” said John Bigelow, president of New Jersey American Water. Bigelow’s comments were made to assembled business leaders at the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey’s Utility Infrastructure Summit held Friday.
According to Bigelow, New Jersey’s growth to among the nation’s most densely populated states has created a situation where water supply is, or shortly will be an issue. For example, Bigelow cited Cape May County, where communities have historically relied on ground water. Over reliance on well water has already resulted in some salt water intrusion into the aquifers. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is closely watching this movement, and appropriately limiting additional withdraws. “Those limitations will have an impact on economic development in those communities,” said Bigelow. “Water supply options across the state range from new reservoirs to building desalination plants along the short, and none of these alternatives are inexpensive.”
Bigelow, who delivered the Summit’s keynote, also took part in a panel discussion with executives from the power, gas and telecommunications industries.
New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest publicly traded 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 www.amwater.com.
In 2011, American Water is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a yearlong campaign to promote water efficiency and the importance of protecting water from source to tap. To learn more, visit www.amwater125.com.