American Water and city of Camden celebrate New Parkside Water Treatment Plant

System improvements designed to continue safe and reliable water service to Camden community

Camden-based American Water, in partnership with the city of Camden, on Tuesday held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the newly unveiled Parkside Water Treatment Plant. This system improvement project will continue to provide safe, clean and reliable water service to the Camden community.

“The Parkside Water Treatment Plant provides a critical service and benefits to the residents in Camden, and we are thrilled to unveil this new facility,” Camden Mayor Victor Carstarphen said. “Proactively upgrading our infrastructure allows us to continue the delivery of safe, reliable water service to our customers. This project represents a comprehensive investment and commitment to enhancing resiliency and keeping safety top of mind for our community.”

Camden’s proactive water system upgrades began in 2020 and were divided into two phases: Phase one focused on treating the Parkside well supply and phase two focused on the Morris-Delair well supply. Phase one highlights include:

  • Commissioning the operation of the new Granular Activated Carbon Treatment at the Parkside Water Treatment Plant;
  • Effectively removing PFAS and other compounds from groundwater since January 2022; and
  • Modifying to easily accommodate additional treatment equipment to address 1,4-Dioxane when that compound becomes regulated.

“American Water is proud to partner with the city of Camden to help continue to provide drinking water that meets all state and federal requirements for safety and quality. Investments in Parkside and Morris-Delair will help ensure that for current and future residents and businesses in Camden,” Steve Curtis, president, American Water Contract Services Group, said. “Additionally, our team would like to thank New Jersey American Water for their continued partnership and helping to supplement the Camden water supply during facility upgrades.”

The Parkside and Morris-Delair Water Treatment Plants provide vital capacity to treat and deliver approximately 6-8 million gallons of water per day to more than 46,000 residents in the Camden community.

“The prioritization of water quality and water safety is critical to healthier more equitable communities,” Bridget Phifer, CEO of Parkside Business & Community in Partnership, said. “Thanks to American Water’s inclusive process, the Parkside community was engaged throughout the progression of the project and learned about the function of the new water treatment plant and its importance.”