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VOORHEES, N.J. — New Jersey American Water has installed solar arrays at two of its water filtration facilities in order to become more environmentally friendly, according to a press release.
At its Delaware River Regional Water Treatment Plant in Delran (DRRWTP), and at its Mansfield well station in Burlington County, New Jersey American Water is constructing a total of nearly 7,000 solar panels which will produce more than 2.2 million kilowatt hours each year in energy offsetting production costs.
These arrays will enable the company to become more cost efficient and reduce the carbon footprint needed to deliver water to its customers'' taps.
"As a company that cares about water, our most essential natural resource, it makes sense from an environmental and economic standpoint to use our most abundant natural resource to power our treatment and distribution facilities," said Suzanne Chiavari, New Jersey American Water''s vice president of engineering. "Over the past several years, we have become more reliant on solar power to make our operations more cost efficient and to reduce our carbon footprint."