American Water joins fellow utilities and organizations across the country to highlight National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), which runs from April 17-21, 2023.
NWZAW was launched more than 20 years ago to raise public awareness about work zone safety and the importance of using extra caution when traveling through work zones to keep roadway workers and motorists safe.
According to the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse, 774 fatal crashes nationwide in work zones resulted in 857 deaths in 2020.
Like you, our crews want to return home safely after each day’s work. Many work long hours on the road performing critical jobs that help keep life flowing. Your safety, as well as the safety of your passengers and our employees, is important to us!
Please keep these safety tips in mind when traveling in work zones:
1. Slow down: Follow posted speed limits. Adjust your speed for traffic flows and weather conditions. Keep an eye out for road workers and their equipment.
2. Keep your distance: Don’t tailgate. Leave at least three seconds or more (depending on your speed) of braking room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
3. Move into an open lane: When approaching lane closures, move into the open lane as soon as possible. Be sure to pay close attention to vehicles around you that could be in your blind spot.
4. Pay attention and stay alert: Be prepared for sudden stops. Avoid changing radio stations and using cell phones.
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs approximately 6,500 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing.