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 its 11th year, our Stream of Learning Scholarship Program provides 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 2020 Stream of Learning Scholarship and to download an application, click hereApplications must be postmarked by April 17, 2020

Pennsylvania American Water awarded its 2020 Stream of Learning Scholarships to:

  • Mary Albert, Peters Township High School (Westmoreland County)
  • Kyra Ruth Boston, East Pennsboro High School (Cumberland County)
  • Paige Butko, Steel Valley High School (AlleghenyCounty)
  • Alena Carabetta, Pittston Area High School (Luzerne County)
  • Megan Gouldy, Trinity High School (Cumberland County)
  • Molly Hoffman, Bethel Park High School (Allegheny County)
  • Rachel Midea, Mt. Lebanon High School (Allegheny County)
  • Jonathan Nowak, Lakeland Junior/Senior High School (Lackawanna County)
  • Kara O'Rourke, Lewisburg High School (Union County)
  • Brennan Smith, Kane Area High School (McKean County)

“We are proud to award our Stream of Learning Scholarships to this accomplished group of students, who not only achieve the highest academic standards, but also share in our commitment to environment stewardship and community service,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Mike Doran.

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

In 2020, Pennsylvania American Water selected the winners of its 18th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest after receiving nearly 70 entries from fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders across the commonwealth. Fifth grader Evey Concannon of Fairview Elementary School earned the grand prize for her artwork. Her artwork earned first prize among eastern Pennsylvania entries, followed by Madison Celesnik, a fifth-grade student from Winding Creek Elementary School (Cumberland County), in second place. Sixth grader Grace Clark of Spring-Ford Intermediate School (Montgomery County) finished third. 

In western Pennsylvania, the first place winner is Ishi Gupta, a fifth-grader from South Fayette Elementary School (Allegheny County) with second place going to fourth-grader Jenna Kophazy from Beaty-Warren Middle School and sixth-grader Gabriella Kim from St. Margaret of Scotland School earning third place.All three winners are from Allegheny County. The winning students will receive Barnes & Noble gift cards.

 

2020 Winning Entry- Evey Concannon

 

Artwork by Luzerne County fifth grader Evey Concannon earned the 2020 grand prize.

 

Educating Students at our Wonders of Water Summer Camps

 

As the many areas we serve across Pennsylvania move from Red to Yellow phases, and eventually Green, our team has carefully evaluated CDC guidelines regarding camp procedures and our ability to host our local youth at our annual Wonders of Water summer camps.  While we’ll miss our time with our campers, our guests, and the many opportunities to learn and explore the wonders of water, Pennsylvania American Water has made the tough decision to postpone our summer camps for this year.  Safety is key in everything we do at Pennsylvania American Water, and the safety of our campers and our employees and volunteers comes first.  We encourage everyone to visit our Facebook page for great STEM activities you can do at home to learn more about water!  Get outdoors, explore your watershed, go fishing, and remember to take care of your environment!  Remember, we all live in a watershed!

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.