VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced today it has received a grant from the Water Research Foundation to conduct research on a cost-effective treatment technique for lowering total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) in water distribution system storage tanks. The project is titled, “Localized Control of Disinfection Byproducts by Spray Aeration in Storage Tanks.”
TTHMs result from the addition of chlorine to drinking water and are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to not exceed 80 parts per billion. American Water will develop engineering guidance for the design, permitting, operation, and maintenance of in-tank spray aeration systems for localized control of TTHMs. This treatment method will help water utilities meet the more stringent TTHM levels required under the upcoming EPA Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule.
The total value of the project is $300,000 with $150,000 funded by the Water Research Foundation. American Water will directly receive $150,000 to pay for labor, research, and analytical costs.
“Our team brings together the perfect combination of innovation, expertise and experience to successfully develop a viable solution to reducing total trihalomethanes levels,” said Dr. Mark LeChevallier, Director of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship. “With the upcoming Stage 2 rule, this research is extremely important for water utilities, which will help improve drinking water quality and provide additional public health protection.”
About the Water Research Foundation
Founded in 1966, the Water Research Foundation (Foundation) is an international, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that sponsors research to help water utilities, public health agencies, and other professionals provide safe and affordable drinking water to the public. With more than 950 subscribers in the U.S. and abroad, who provide 80 percent of the nation’s drinking water, the Foundation has funded and managed some 1,000 studies valued at more than $460 million to help utilities provide safe, affordable, and plentiful drinking water.
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 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 at 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.