Polar vortexes, ice storms and snow accumulation have tested the resolve of New Jersey residents. Now as the snow melts or rain showers move in, the tons of salt used to treat roads and sidewalks may eventually make its way into nearby rivers and streams through run off. In some cases, these rivers and streams may also be the source for drinking water supplies. When this occurs, it can increase the levels of sodium and chloride in the source water, and when the salt concentration in drinking water is high enough, New Jersey American Water customers may experience a mild salty taste to the water for a short period of time.
“For a short period of time, our customers might notice a slight salty taste to their drinking water,” said New Jersey American Water’s Senior Director of water quality and environmental Management, Anthony Matarazzo. “Sodium and chloride are not typically removed by our water treatment processes as the amount from the run off is less than the intake found from salt in a regular diet. However, when these events impact our surface water supplies, we use more of our groundwater supplies where we can.
“Our customers’ drinking water continues to meet all state and federal drinking water standards. We have been and continue to work with organizations dedicated to finding less impactful means of road maintenance.”
New Jersey 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 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 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, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting