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NEW JERSEY-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY BREAKS GROUND TODAY FOR TRI-COUNTY WATER SUPPLY PROJECT

 HADDON HEIGHTS, N.J., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Local, county and state officials, labor leaders, business leaders, and members of the governor's cabinet joined New Jersey-American Water Co. and its parent company, American Water Works Co. (NYSE: AWK), today to officially mark the start of construction of the Tri-County Water Supply Project.
 More than 200 people witnessed the official groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the Project's state-of-the-art water treatment plant in Delran. The Project will take and treat water from the Delaware River and distribute it through 40 miles of pipeline into Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.
 "New Jersey-American is proud to be involved in satisfying the region's water supply needs," said Daniel L. Kelleher, president of New Jersey-American, in his remarks today.
 "The Tri-County Water Supply Project will help preserve our region's valuable ground water resources while guaranteeing the residents of the tri-county area receive an adequate supply of the highest quality water for decades to come."
 Over the two-year construction period, more than 550 construction jobs will be created, as well as a number of permanent jobs to operate and maintain the facilities. "The construction and permanent jobs created by this project, and the protection it will provide the Potomac-Raritan-Magothy (PRM) aquifer, will benefit the region," stated Gov. Jim Florio. "Most important is the knowledge that clean water will be available to the citizens and businesses of the region for decades to come." The Project, which will be completed at the end of 1995, represents an investment of more than $150 million in New Jersey's infrastructure.
 "The Tri-County Water Supply Project is a significant one for American Water Works Company," said George W. Johnstone, president and chief executive officer of American Water Works Company. "It is the largest project ever undertaken in the American System. Also, with the construction of the Tri-County Project, American Water Works will have invested more equity in New Jersey than in any of the other 21 states in its system," Johnstone continued.
 "American Water Works is committed to making New Jersey a better state in which to work and live," Johnstone further stated in his remarks.
 The Tri-County Water Supply Project was developed by New Jersey- American Water Company in response to declining water levels in the PRM aquifer that resulted from overpumping. Water supplies for the tri-county area now come from wells drilled into the PRM. In 1988, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection & Energy (NJDEPE) authorized the company's plan to design, finance and construct the Tri-County Project.
 During the groundbreaking ceremony, additional comments were made by: New Jersey Secretary of State Daniel Dalton, who represented Florio; Barbara McConnell, commissioner, N.J. Department of Commerce & Economic Development; Assemblyman Robert C. Shinn Jr.; and Howard J. Woods Jr., vice president, New Jersey-American.
 New Jersey-American Water Co. is the state's largest investor-owned water utility. The company provides water service to more than 1 million people statewide in 113 communities throughout 14 counties. The goal of the company's 650 employees is to provide a safe and reliable water supply at the lowest possible costs to all customers.
 American Water Works Co., headquartered in Voorhees, N.J., is the nation's largest investor-owned water utility. Facilities in 21 states make up the American Water System. More than 5.4 million people in 650 communities receive water from companies in the American Water System. American Water Works has invested over $2.2 billion in water supply facilities throughout its system.
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 /CONTACT: Kathleen A. Davis of the Tri-County Water Supply Project, 609-546-2201, or at home, 609-853-6333/
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