Community Involvement

Our community involvement draws on the unique talents of our employees as well as the resources of our business. Through community giving, in-kind donations, partnerships and volunteering, we demonstrate our commitment to programs that address community-specific needs.

As a company, we work with a number of community-based partners throughout our service areas to positively impact the overall quality of life where our employees and neighbors live and work. It takes more than a one-time grant or volunteer effort to make a lasting difference, so we seek out and support organizations that understand how to best meet the needs of the community.

Being a good neighbor is part of our mission. We are dedicated to Pennsylvania, and that's why Pennsylvania American Water plays an active role in our communities. We support environmental and educational initiatives related to water, from watershed clean-up efforts to educational programs focused on drinking water and source water protection.

Pennsylvania American Water’s Stream of Learning Scholarship Program

Now in their ninth year, our Stream of Learning Scholarships provide financial assistance to high school seniors who are planning to pursue careers in the water and wastewater industry. We are excited to support outstanding students living in Pennsylvania American Water’s service territories who are charting a course of study in specific fields -- offering $1,000 scholarships.

Pennsylvania American Water awarded its 2018 Stream of Learning Scholarships to:

  • Daniel Bigley of Bishop Canevin High School (Allegheny County)
  • Kathleen Cardone of Pennsbury High School (Bucks County)
  • Taylor Dadig of Baldwin High School (Allegheny County)
  • Colleen Elwel of Butler Area High School (Butler County)
  • Justin Filbert of Berwick Area High School (Columbia County)
  • Michael Gallagher of Upper St. Clair High School (Allegheny County)
  • Elizabeth Good of Exeter Township High School (Berks County)
  • Ryan Hess of Canon-McMillan High School (Washington County)
  • Allison Karp of Keystone Oaks High School (Allegheny County)
  • Carolyn Mack of Lackawanna Trail High School (Lackawanna County)
  • Kaylee Montanari of Shenango High School (Lawrence County)
  • Ashlynn Searer of Hershey High School (Dauphin County) 

“We are proud to reward these very deserving students with our Stream of Learning Scholarships. Our goal is to attract extraordinary young people to the water and wastewater field where they can build successful careers and become leaders in environment stewardship,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Jeffrey L. McIntyre.

Among the 2018 scholarship winners was Kathleen Cardone of Pennsbury High School in Bucks County, pictured with Pennsylvania American Water Operations Supervisor Jamie Yakes.

 

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Environmental Grant Program

Another example of how we give back to the community is our innovative, environmental grant program, which provides financial support for community-based projects that improve, protect and restore drinking water supplies and surrounding watersheds.

Expressing the Importance of Watershed Protection Through Art

Pennsylvania American Water has selected the winners of its 16th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest after receiving more than 800 entries from fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders across the commonwealth. Sixth grader Benjamin Bischoff of the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School earned the grand prize for his artwork. His artwork earned first prize among western Pennsylvania entries, followed by fourth grader Beatrix Rummel, a homeschool student from Indiana County, in second place. Fifth grader Cameron Dames of Joe Walker Elementary School in Washington County finished third.

In eastern Pennsylvania, the first place winner is sixth grader Amanda Zygmunt of Spring-Ford Intermediate School, Montgomery County. Second place goes to Yingqi Zeng from Abington Heights Middle School, Lackawanna County, and in third place is sixth grader Sarah Groff, also from Spring-Ford Intermediate School. The winning students receive Barnes & Noble gift cards. Read the news release for more details.

 

Art Contest Grand Prize Artwork

 

 

  Artwork by Pittsburgh sixth grader Benjamin Bischoff earned the 2018 grand prize.

 

 

 

Educating Students at our Wonderful World of Water at Summer Camps

Sponsored by Pennsylvania American Water and organized in cooperation with  Allegheny Land Trust and Lackawanna River Conservation Association two “Wonderful World of Water Day Camps” are scheduled for 2018. Day campers ages 7-11 will explore water and watershed basics, learned how human impact on the land affects water quality in our rivers and streams, and discovered solutions to water pollution.

  • Lackawanna County Wonderful World of Water Camp will be held August 6-9 at the Valley Community Library, Peckville.  Registration  opens July 1. To register, contact Lackawanna River Conservation Association at 570-347-6311 or by email at program_manager@lrca.org.  Registration is limited. A deposit of $10 will hold a child’s space, and the deposit will be refunded at the end of camp.
  • Washington County Wonderful World of Water Camp will be held July 16-18 at Mingo Creek park.  Registration opens June 1.  To register, visit https://bit.ly/altoutside. For more information, contact the Allegheny Land Trust at 412-741-2750. Registration is limited. A deposit of $10 will hold a child’s space, and the deposit will be refunded upon arrival at camp.

Pennsylvania Reservoirs Open for Fishing

The below list of Pennsylvania American Water-owned reservoirs are currently open for fishing. All PA Fish & Boat Commission Rules apply. Shoreline fishing at the reservoirs will be allowed, but wading is not permitted. Boats are also not permitted on the waterways. Reservoirs will be closed to fishing between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Commonwealth inland fishing rules and regulations and Fish & Boat Commission property regulations apply to this property. The areas open to fishing have been posted with signs indicating the boundaries.
Lackawanna County
• Curtis Reservoir – Madison Twp.
• Dunmore #1 Reservoir – Dunmore
• Elmhurst Reservoir – Roaring Brook Twp.
• Griffin Pond – South Abington & Scott townships
• Maple Lake – Spring Brook Twp.
Luzerne County
• Ceasetown Reservoir (aka Pikes Creek) Reservoir in Hunlock Creek
Susquehanna County
• Comforts Pond – Susquehanna
Butler County
• Thorn Run Reservoir – Oakland Twp.
• Lake Oneida – Oakland Twp.
Chester County
• Rock Run Reservoir – West Caln Twp.


Lake Scranton Handicap Fishing Pier

Lake Scranton Reservoir is open for fishing for physically challenged individuals through a cooperative agreement with Allied Services. Fishing is only permitted at the handicap fishing pier on designated days and must be coordinated through Allied Services.  For more information on Allied’s Fishing Fridays program, please call 570-348-1303

Please contact PA Fish & Boat Commission if you have additional questions.

Supporting Local and Global Needs

American Water has named United Way and Water for People its Charities of Choice. Each year, American Water employees from across the nation participate in a nationwide campaign for these organizations. Last year, we raised $556,840 for United Way and $208,000 for Water for People nationwide.

For More Information

For more information about any of the above programs, please contact Terry Maenza at 610-670-7789 ext. 1009 or terry.maenza@amwater.com.