HERSHEY, Pa. (August 7, 2018) – Pennsylvania American Water officials joined staff and students today at The Vista School to introduce a new device to keep everyone hydrated with cool refreshing water while helping reduce plastic bottled water waste. The water bottle filling station donated by the company is located in the school’s gym.
“We’re so grateful to Pennsylvania American Water for this generous donation,” said Candis L. Chubb, executive director of educational programs, The Vista School. “We encourage our staff and students to have access to and drink water as much as possible. This water station will provide better access to water, decrease environmental waste, and improve health and wellness.”
Pennsylvania American Water provided the Elkay water fountain bottle filler to The Vista School to promote healthy living by drinking more water. Last year, the company donated a similar unit to the Pine Street Elementary School in the Palmyra Area School District in Lebanon County.
“With this new device, we are able to provide these special needs students and the school staff with an easy, convenient way to fill their water bottles, while helping protect the environment by reducing plastic waste generated by bottled water,” said Pennsylvania American Water Vice President of Operations Jimmy Sheridan. “The station even counts how many plastic water bottles are being eliminated each time someone uses his or her refillable bottle.”
Founded in 2002, The Vista School is an approved private school serving more than 100 students with autism from eight counties. Using a data-driven, evidence-based approach to the treatment of autism symptoms, the school’s team of educators, therapists, and behavior analysts customize an ideal learning plan to help each child reach his or her potential.
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 2.4 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 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in 45 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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PHOTOS: Pennsylvania American Water Vice President of Operations Jimmy Sheridan visited The Vista School to check out students and staff using the donated water bottle filling station.