WYOMISSING, Pa. (September 7, 2017) – Pennsylvania American Water officials joined Wilson Southern Middle School Principal Dr. Stephen V. Burnham today to introduce a new device to keep students, faculty and staff hydrated with cool refreshing water while helping reduce plastic bottled water waste. The water bottle filling station donated by the company is located outside the school’s gymnasium.
Dr. Burnham said, "We are extremely grateful to Pennsylvania American Water for its commitment to promoting healthy living for our students. Through this new water filling station, all our students and community members who use our gymnasium and cafeteria will have easy access to fresh drinking water while reducing the amount of waste we accumulate from plastic bottles. This will certainly be a benefit not only for our students and community, but will also create a more environmentally friendly atmosphere in our building."
This year, Pennsylvania American Water provided Elkay water fountain bottle fillers to two schools in its service area to promote healthy living by drinking more water. In addition to Wilson Southern, the company has donated a new unit to Pine Street Elementary School in the Palmyra Area School District in Lebanon County.
“The Wilson Southern community will benefit from the convenience of the bottle filling station, as well as help the environment by reducing the plastic waste generated by bottled water,” said Pennsylvania American Water Operations Superintendent Brian Hassinger. “The device even counts how many plastic water bottles are being eliminated each time someone uses his or her refillable bottle.”
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.3 million people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
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In the photo: Pennsylvania American Water Operations Superintendent Brian Hassinger (left) and Wilson Southern Middle School Principal Dr. Stephen V. Burnham unveil the new bottle filling unit with several students.