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American Water Receives Approval For "Green" Water Recycling


American Water's Applied Water Management Group has received New York City Department of Health certification for a state-of-the-art system that recycles wastewater at Tribeca Green, a 24-story apartment building in Battery Park City at the southern tip of Manhattan.

The company also has four other "green" water recycling projects in Battery Park City, including a fully operational system at the Solaire apartment building that is generating 25,000 gallons of useable water daily. The Solaire project is the first of its kind in the nation to receive a Gold LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. Other projects include a similar system close to completion at nearby Millennium Towers, another under construction for the River House tower and a fourth in the planning stages for the planned Battery Park City Site 3. Together these projects will capture about half of the wastewater produced by the buildings and return it as clean water suitable for use in toilets, gardens and air conditioning systems.

American Water's Applied Water Management Group worked on the system concept with developers and the Battery Park City Authority. The company designed, procured, oversaw construction and is operating systems for the individual building owners under the authority's pioneering Residential Environmental Guidelines.

The new Tribeca Green wastewater system reduces the demand for potable water in the building by nearly half, providing a sustainable long term environmental advantage. Recycling equipment located in the basement treats and reclaims water for toilet flushing and air conditioning, plus irrigation of an adjacent park. An additional unit collects and processes storm water for reuse in the building's roof gardens.

"We are delighted that the Board of Health has certified the Tribeca Green wastewater recycling system as compliant with its strict standards," said Don Correll, President and CEO of American Water. "Our company is dedicated to finding environmentally sound solutions to water challenges wherever we operate and it is rewarding to be involved in five major projects at Battery Park City that are as innovative and important as these."

With headquarters in Voorhees, NJ, American Water employs approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide high-quality water, wastewater and other related services to about 17 million people in 29 states and Canada.





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