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 11th 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.  To learn more about the 2019 Stream of Learning Scholarship or to download an application, click here.

Pennsylvania American Water awarded its 2019 Stream of Learning Scholarships to:

  • Henry Mongrain, Canon-McMIllan High School (Washington County)
  • Kevin Grodzki, Wyoming Valley West High School (Luzerne County)
  • Gabriella Spadafora, Indiana Area Senior High School (Indiana County)
  • Ian Chaudhari, Peters Township High School (Washington County)
  • Makayla Gallegos, Lewisburg Area High School (Union County)
  • Joseph Power, Spring-Ford High School (Montgomery County)
  • Katherine Bowser, Lincoln High School (Lawrence County)
  • Hannah Chop, Canon-McMillan High School (Washington County)
  • Addison George, Shenango High School (Lawrence County)
  • Brandon Feltman, Milton Area High School (Northumberland 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.

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 17th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest after receiving nearly 400 entries from fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders across the commonwealth. Sixth grader Lila Weingarten of Spring-Fford Intermediate School earned the grand prize for her artwork. Her artwork earned first prize among eastern Pennsylvania entries, followed by sixth grader Ella Burke from St. Clare/St. Paul School in Lackawanna County, in second place. Sixth grader Allison Lewis, also of Spring-Ford Intermediate, finished third.

In western Pennsylvania, the first place winner is Lydia Elaine Kalapos, with second place to Sally Yang Tan, and Moushumi Stella Huffman earning third place.All three winners are sixth-grade students at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Mt. Lebanon (Allegheny County) The winning students will receive Barnes & Noble gift cards. Click here to download the guidelines and form.

 

Lila Weingarten -Grand Prize

Artwork by Montco sixth grader Lila Weingarten earned the 2019 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, Penn State Extension/Master Watershed Stewards, and Lackawanna River Conservation Association, three “Wonderful World of Water Day Camps” are scheduled for 2019. 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.

  • Luzerne County Wonderful World of Water Camp will be held July 15-18 at Downtown Arts, Wilkes-Barre.  Registration opens June 1.  To register, visit riverfrontparks.org or call Penn State Extension at 570-825-1701.  Registration is limited.  A deposit of $10 will hold a child’s space, and the deposit will be refunded upon arrival at camp.
  • Lackawanna County Wonderful World of Water Camp will be held August 5-8 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.

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 these properties. 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 Reservoir – 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.

 

Handicapped-Accessible Fishing 

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

Griffin Reservoir, South Abington Township, features a handicapped-accessible fishing pier and paved parking area near the intersection of Scott Road and Reservoir Road.The pier is open for fishing from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m.Commonwealth inland fishing rules and regulations and Fish & Boat Commission property regulations apply.

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 Susan Turcmanovich at 570-351-0120 or susan.turcmanovich@amwater.com.