Water Infrastructure Crucial to Effective Fire Protection
VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In honor of Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2012, American Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility, is reminding consumers about the importance of water infrastructure for fire protection, and providing tips for helping to maintain hydrants.
According to FEMA, fire-related deaths have dropped significantly, from about 12,000 in 1974 to 3,245 in 2006, and the number continues to decrease. Water infrastructure plays a critical role, for example, the increasing nationwide availability of highly pressurized hydrants allows emergency workers to extinguish blazes with increasing speed and effectiveness.
“American Water invests $800 million to $1 billion annually to make infrastructure improvements that benefit its customers, including needed upgrades to hydrants, booster stations and other systems that are critical to fire protection,” said Walter Lynch, American Water’s president and chief operating officer of regulated operations. “Making investments into well-maintained water systems helps firefighters to continue protecting the health and safety of our communities.”
Lynch noted that consumers play an important role in this effort, as a portion of their water bills goes toward these critical investments to keep their community’s infrastructure strong.
Consumers can also play a role in helping to keep fire hydrants dependable and in good working order through the following tips:
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.
Denise Venuti Free, 856-309-4690
Source: American Water