In 1996, Puddles had his humble beginning as a promotional item that was
given away at The New Jersey League of Municipalities. He was chosen from a long
list of options by a dedicated New Jersey American Water employee. The ducks
were a fast success during the conference. So successful were the ducks that the
company began to give them away during other events that year. With the quick
rise in popularity of our rubber duck, the following year the decision was made
to offer a new duck to be used for the Conference of Mayors meeting, the League
of Municipalities conference and other external events. With the decision to
offer a new duck, a tradition and a legend was born.
Today, Puddles acts as American Water's announcer. When big events happen in
the company, a new Puddles is born. He's distributed to employees as a
commemoration. He is searched for at tradeshows and conferences, as attendees
have learned to look for him. On our site, he will live at the bottom right
corner, and will continue to bring American Water news and events to employees
and websurfers all over the country.