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American Water has joined the E-ffiliates initiative to enhance research and development of innovative solutions to address water and energy woes.

The participation of American Water in E-ffiliates expands the programme’s reach into the water sector and building upon the Andlinger Center’s research capabilities at the nexus of energy and water.

The move is part of an effort by American Water to tap into the region’s strong academic landscape to accelerate technological advancement at the company.

E-ffiliates is a membership-based programme administered by Princeton University’s Andlinger Center that engages corporations to find innovative solutions in energy and the environment.

American Water joins six energy companies including ExxonMobil, PSEG, Siemens, and NRG.

American Water will recruit students from Princeton University to expand its workforce.

The utility has plans to expand its knowledge on new technologies by working with students from the School of Engineering and Applied Science and at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

“American Water’s Technology & Innovation group is thrilled for our company to become a member of Princeton University’s E-ffiliates programme. Together, our two organisations will seek opportunities to partner in the identification and implementation of technology innovations that help ensure clean and affordable water for all,” said Mark S. Smith, chief digital technology enablement officer.

“American Water is also excited for the opportunity to leverage Princeton University’s impressive pool of talent and welcome candidates to our new headquarters building in Camden, N.J.,” said Smith.

“This partnership lends an industry perspective to water resources research, and fortifies the Andlinger Center’s commitment to moving toward a circular economy and a time when all citizens receive both clean water and energy throughout the world,” said Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, director of the Andlinger Center.

The E-ffiliates programme has resulted in 34 research collaborations, and contributed over $7.9 million in research funds since 2013.