American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly-traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, is pleased to join events today hosted by the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency focused on the White House’s Action Plan on reducing lead exposure.
The Biden Administration has set a goal of making rapid progress toward replacing all lead pipes in the next decade.
“American Water is pleased to be a participant in today’s events and applauds this national effort to remove all lead service lines,” said Susan Hardwick, President and CEO of American Water. “We have eliminated about 40,000 lead service lines across our service areas in the last several years. This is part of our proactive, multi-faceted approach to managing the potential exposure to lead as part of our commitment to maintain high-quality water and help protect the health and safety of customers. We are committed to removing lead piping from service lines across our entire American Water footprint.”
As part of today’s events, the Administration released its Guiding Principles to Reduce Lead and Protect Families and Communities. American Water has practiced many of the principles to date. Additionally, American Water continues to work with numerous state public utility commissions, consumer advocates, state and local representatives, and other stakeholders to drive solutions that allow this critical replacement work to be funded within utility infrastructure replacement programs and/or through State Revolving Funds.
On a continuous basis, American Water also communicates, educates, and works with customers on steps to minimize exposure to lead in drinking water. The company participates in the Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative (lslrcollaborative.org), a joint effort of 25 national public health, water utility, environmental, labor, consumer, housing, and state and local governmental organizations to accelerate full removal of the lead pipes providing drinking water to millions of American homes.
About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and diversityataw.com. Follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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