Pennsylvania American Water Earns Honor From National Dam Safety Organization

HERSHEY, Pa., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) has selected Pennsylvania American Water to receive the 2009 Northeast Regional Award of Merit. The association presents the award annually to organizations or individuals that have made outstanding contributions to dam safety.

The award will be presented to Pennsylvania American Water on September 29, at the ASDSO Annual Conference Banquet in Hollywood, Florida. ASDSO is a national non-profit organization serving state dam safety programs and the dam safety community, including federal dam safety professionals, dam owners and operators, engineering firms and others interested in improving dam safety.

Pennsylvania American Water owns, operates and maintains 65 regulated dams across the state. According to Senior Engineer Anthony Nokovich of Pennsylvania American Water, this award stems from the company's internal dam inspection program and for its proactive approach to dam improvements, which has earned commendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

In addition, Nokovich said Pennsylvania American Water developed and received DEP approval on emergency actions plans for all of the company's high-hazard dams, and it continues to prepare remediation plans for a number of its dams across the state.

"This award reflects the great deal of time, expertise and financial resources that we devote to ensure the long-term safety of our dams and reservoirs. It's a real honor to be recognized for this commitment by our industry peers," said David Kaufman, vice president of engineering, Pennsylvania American Water.

Pennsylvania American Water, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to more than 2 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned 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 32 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

SOURCE Pennsylvania American Water

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