Welcome to the first edition of the Camden NewsDrop, a quarterly recap of news and events from around One Water Street and Camden, NJ.

Celebrating one year in Camden

To celebrate the first anniversary of our move to Camden, we created a short video to highlight the revitalization of this great city, the partnerships we've formed, and impacts we've made.

Thank you to all our partners who helped make the video possible! Watch the video…

Olympic Gold-Medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee speaks to Camden students at One Water Street

On Monday, October 7th, six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee visited our headquarters to help advance our shared commitment in education and empowerment for today’s youth. Joyner-Kersee served as the inspirational speaker for more than 200 students of the Camden City School District.

Click here to watch coverage of this event.

American Water Hosts Project WET Workshops for Camden Educators this Summer

This summer, we hosted three Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Workshops to advance responsible use of water resources through community-based teacher training. The workshops provided more than 50 traditional and non-traditional Camden-based educators and engaged them in a 6-hour training demonstrating a collection of more than 64 science-based, interdisciplinary activities and lesson plans that are teacher-tested and classroom ready for K- 12 students. Read more…

American Water donates refurbished laptops to LUCY Outreach

Earlier this month, we donated more than 15 laptops to our great friends at LUCY Outreach to support educational development and increased access to technology. “We truly appreciate the continued collaboration with American Water. Their support has been invaluable over the past year,” said Kristin Prinn Rose, Executive Director and Founder of LUCY Outreach. This partnership exemplifies American Water’s philosophy of supporting the communities that we serve. Read more…

New Jersey American Water announces nearly $1 million grant to fund Cramer Hill revitalization projects

Earlier this summer, representatives from the City of Camden, New Jersey American Water, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, Camden Special Services District (CSSD), St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society, community partners and Camden residents and business owners gathered for the announcement of a $981,464 Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) grant from New Jersey American Water to fund revitalization efforts in the Cramer Hill neighborhood in Camden.

The NRTC grant funds will be used to improve the River Avenue Business Corridor, promote continued business in the area, transform blighted vacant structures into new housing, and help promote Cramer Hill as a vibrant, safe neighborhood to live, work and play. To date, New Jersey American Water has contributed nearly $5.7 million to Camden initiatives through the program. Read more…

Camden’s water meets or surpasses all water quality standards

New Jersey American Water announced it has completed its required lead and copper sampling for 2019 and all systems tested meet state water quality regulations, including its system in Camden’s Cramer Hill section and the 11th & 12th wards, and all results show compliance with safe drinking water guidelines for lead and copper. The rest of the city’s system, which is operated and maintained by American Water Contract Services Group through a contract with the City of Camden’s Department of Public Works, was tested in 2018, in accordance with NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulations and is also in compliance.

“Both New Jersey American Water and American Water Contract Services in Camden routinely test and monitor the drinking water leaving the treatment facilities and at different distribution points through the system and these specific lead and copper testing results show our treatment processes are working,” said Cheryl Norton, president of New Jersey American Water. Read more…

American Water and City of Camden receive New Jersey One Water Award

American Water and the City of Camden, NJ were recognized for their unique public-private partnership as New Jersey One Water Award Winners at the 2019 Jersey Water Works Conference held on Dec. 13, 2019 in New Brunswick, NJ.

"American Water believes that communities should be stronger wherever we serve because we are there. And we are very proud to be recognized for this partnership with our hometown of Camden, NJ," said Susan Story, president and chief executive officer. "Camden truly is a city on the rise because of her many incredible citizens, organizations and companies who have invested to make it a great city. Businesses must be full partners with our communities—not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it is smart business." Read more…