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American Water Awarded Research Grant From Water Research Foundation

American Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, today announced it has been awarded a research grant from the Water Research Foundation to partner with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and University of Alberta to determine the occurrence of nitrosamines in drinking water systems in North America.

The total value of the project is $711,902, with $400,000 funded by the Water Research Foundation and $311,902 in-kind contribution from the project team. American Water will directly receive $137,200 to pay for research costs.

The project will examine drinking water plants in the U.S. States and Canada to clarify the impact of various conventional and advanced treatment processes in minimizing the formation of nitrosamines, which are known carcinogenic compounds. Certain nitrosamines are by-products of the disinfectant chloramines - a common disinfectant in the U.S. drinking water industry, which is used as an alternative to chlorine to control the formation of regulated halogenated by-products. This research will allow the team to determine key factors that lead to nitrosamine formation in treated drinking waters using chloramines and identify cost-effective controls.

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering inclusion of nitrosamines in future drinking water regulations. Should this happen, the information from this project will be very beneficial for drinking water utilities as they fine tune their treatment processes to meet such regulations,” stated Dr. Zia Bukhari, American Water senior environmental scientist.

The project team consists of Metropolitan Water District’s Stuart Krasner as the principal investigator, with Dr. Zia Bukhari and Dr. XingFang Li of University of Alberta serving as co-principal investigators.

About Water Research Foundation

Founded in 1966, the Water Research Foundation (WaterRF) is an international, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that sponsors research to enable water utilities, public health agencies and other professionals to provide safe and affordable water to the public. With more than 1,000 subscribers who provide water to 80 percent of the U.S. population, WaterRF has funded and managed more than 1,000 projects. For more information, go to

About Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in parts of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. More information can be found at

University of Alberta Water Initiative

Through its Water Initiative, the University of Alberta is tackling the integrated challenges of water supply, demand and quality to develop solutions to current and future water issues. Working with international partners, our cross-disciplinary expertise in water-related research, technology and policy is focused on three key areas: water usage for resource extraction, water supply for agriculture and water quality for non-urban communities. Learn more at

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 approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found at

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