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NEW JERSEY-AMERICAN INSTALLS NEW TREATMENT EQUIPMENT

 NEW JERSEY-AMERICAN INSTALLS NEW TREATMENT EQUIPMENT
 HADDON HEIGHTS, N.J., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- New Jersey-American


Water Company will take delivery of new granular activated carbon treatment units at its Chester Avenue Station in Delran, N.J., on Wednesday, May 6.
 The equipment will remove benzene that was detected in the wells at the station this past Feb. 21. The station was taken out of service immediately after the discovery.
 Similar carbon treatment units will also be installed at New Jersey- American's Pomona Road Station in Cinnaminson, N.J., to remove trichloroethylene (TCE) and other organic chemicals discovered at the company's New Albany Road and Pomona Road stations. The contamination was detected at New Albany Road on March 6 and at Pomona road on April 1. Those stations also remain closed until treatment is installed.
 Providing treatment at New Albany Road Station is more complicated than at the other locations, because there is not enough room on the station grounds to install treatment. However, there is enough room at Pomona Road Station to install treatment for both stations.
 Consequently, the company said it plans to install approximately 8,000 feet of pipeline to carry water from New Albany Road to Pomona Road and to use activated carbon units to treat the water from both stations.
 None of the sources of contamination have been determined at this time. Both benzene and TCE are widely used chemcials. At this time, the company said it has no reason to believe that the problems at the three stations are related. The five wells at the stations have a combined pumping capacity of more than 5 million gallons per day.
 Arthur E. Shearman Jr., manager of New Jersey-American's operations in Burlington and Camden counties, said, "I want to reassure our customers that not only is the water safe to drink now, it has always been safe to drink. In each case of contamination, we discovered the contamination before health-based drinking water standards were exceeded. This is a tribute to our extensive monitoring and testing program.
 "According to state regulations, monitoring for substances like TCE only has to be done once every six months from the distribution system. Distribution samples cannot reflect actual water quality at each well because not all wells are always in operation and because water from different wells can get mixed together in storage tanks and distribution mains," said Shearman.
 New Jersey-American's monitoring program calls for sampling as often as every three months directly from each well source. This program is much more likely to detect contamination early than one that monitors only as often as required by law.
 "Since the standards are health-based, and since the levels of contamination never exceeded the standards, we believe that we discovered the contamination of each well long before there was any health threat to our customers," Shearman noted.
 New Jersey-American Water Company serves more than 313,000 customer accounts in 111 communities throughout the state. Locally, the company serves more than 86,000 customer accounts in 34 communities in Burlington and Camden counties.
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 /Editors: Company officials will be at the Chester Avenue Station to show the carbon units and answer questions on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m./
 /CONTACT: Michael J. Chern of New Jersey-American Water Company, 609-547-1700, ext. 302, or evenings, 609-983-2865/ CO: New Jersey-American Water Company ST: New Jersey IN: UTI SU:


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