In 2008, when New Jersey American Water acquired the Pottersville Sewage Treatment Plant in Pottersville, there were a lot of words such as antiquated and polluting, to describe the facility. Compliant, as in with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regulations, was not one of them. The company took over the plant from its former owners as part of an administrative consent order issued by the DEP. Based on the extensive $3 million rebuild completed by the company, the DEP lifted its consent order, saying that all its terms had been met. Today, the plant can be called compliant and much, much more.
- The United State Fish and Wildlife calls it “a great example of how a corporate landowner can take the initiative.”
- The New Jersey Audubon Association calls it a demonstration of commitment to restoring New Jersey’s habitat.
- The DEP gave the new plant its Environmental Quality Award for outstanding work to enhance the quality of the environment in New Jersey, and going “beyond compliance.”
- The New Jersey Business & Industry Association called the company’s effort “a wonderful story that deserves to be told.”
New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the 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 www.amwater.com.