American Water, the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, announced today it has been awarded the operation and maintenance contract for the Township of South Orange Village water services in Essex County, N.J.

The award, which is valued at approximately $10 million over the 10 year term of the contract, follows a period of negotiations after the company’s Contract Services Group was selected through a competitive process. American Water Contract Services is part of the company’s market-based American Water Enterprises subsidiary.

The contract includes operations and maintenance for the Village’s 4,750 connections, 60 miles of water main, 600 hydrants, 3,000 valves, three storage tanks, and one water supply well.

“We are excited to partner with the Village of South Orange through this contract,” said Deborah Degillio, president of American Water Enterprises. “Through our operations, engineering, and technology expertise, we are looking forward to working with the Village in implementing system improvements to help ensure high quality service to the community.”

“We are pleased to have formed this partnership with American Water, which is a well-respected water solutions provider for millions of people nationwide,” said Howard Levison, Village Trustee. 

“This partnership will provide benefits to the Village through increased efficiency of operations and leveraging of expertise as we look to make needed improvements to the system to provide continued reliability for our residents," added fellow Village Trustee, Walter Clarke.

In a separate agreement in 2015, the Village’s board of trustees awarded a contract for bulk water sales to New Jersey American Water. The agreement also includes the construction of a new interconnect, booster station and other distribution assets, which are scheduled to be in place by Jan. 1, 2017.

American Water’s Contract Services Group provides water and wastewater management solutions for municipal and industrial clients. The company pioneers solutions for optimizing the total water cycle, turning liquids, solids and gases to its customers' advantage. The Contract Services Group is part of American Water Enterprises, a market-based subsidiary of American Water.