West Virginia American Water and Utility Workers United Association to hold Veterans Donation Drive Friday in Cabell Countyarrow

West Virginia American Water and Utility Workers United Association to hold Veterans Donation Drive Friday in  Cabell County
November 07, 2019

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Nov. 7, 2019) – West Virginia American Water’s Huntington District and the Utility Workers United Association have joined forces to host a donation drive on Friday, Nov. 8, in honor of Veterans Day to benefit the Homeless Veterans Resource Center. This employee-led initiative sponsored by West Virginia American Water seeks to fulfill a critical need related to homeless veterans in the local community.    “Utility Workers United Association is proud to support our veterans with this fifth annual donation drive,” said Greg Lanham, West Virginia American Water employee and Utility Workers United Association Huntington District member. “This donation drive has provided several thousand dollars in cash and in-kind donations of food, clothing and hygiene items to benefit men and women who served our country. We are thankful for t...

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West Virginia American Water Awards 10 Bottle Filling Stations in Inaugural Grant Programarrow

November 04, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (November 4, 2019) – West Virginia American Water announced today the recipients of its pilot Bottle Filling Station Grant Program, providing stations to 10 organizations located throughout the company’s service area. In its first year, the program aims to provide reusable bottle filling stations to non-profit organizations, schools and local government facilities with the purpose of reducing harmful plastic waste from single-use bottles and encouraging hydration and healthy living among users.    “West Virginia American Water is proud to begin this annual grant program with the goal of increasing bottle filling stations throughout our service area,” said Rob Burton, West Virginia American Water president. “This program is another way we can educate our communities on the benefits of tap water, and in particular, teach our y...

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West Virginia American Water Donates $20,000 to Golden Girl Group Home for Learning and Development Centerarrow

West Virginia American Water Donates $20,000 to Golden Girl Group Home for Learning and Development Center
September 27, 2019

Ceredo, W.Va. (September 27, 2019) – West Virginia American Water announced today a $20,000 gift to Golden Girl Group Home in Ceredo. The funds will support the Golden Minds Center for Learning and Development, a new project for the facility that will include classrooms and a retail shop for residents to learn valuable social skills and receive entrepreneurial training.       “West Virginia American Water has been a longtime friend and community partner of Golden Girl Group Home, and we are pleased to be part of this expansion project that will contribute significantly to the facility’s rehabilitation efforts,” said West Virginia American Water president Robert Burton. “We are honored to be part of supporting these young ladies as they prepare for the next chapter in their lives.”   Golden Girl Group Home is a non-p...

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NRPA and American Water Charitable Foundation Award $500,000 for Water-Inspired Play Areasarrow

NRPA and American Water Charitable Foundation Award $500,000  for Water-Inspired Play Areas
September 12, 2019

Ashburn, Va. (Sept. 12, 2019) — The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the American Water Charitable Foundation are excited to announce the recipients of their 2019 Building Better Communities grant program: Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District in Huntington, West Virginia City of Alton Parks and Recreation in Alton, Illinois.   The grants, which total $500,000, will be used to create community-focused, water-inspired play areas.    “We are pleased to partner with Alton and Huntington to provide these outdoor spaces so children and families can learn, interact and appreciate water, a critical natural resource, in a fun and engaging way,” said Carrie Williams, president, American Water Charitable Foundation. “American Water is committed to being a good neighbor and a good steward of the environment ...

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West Virginia American Water Accepting Applications for New Bottle Filling Station Grant Programarrow

September 10, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (September 10, 2019) – West Virginia American Water announced today that applications are now being accepted for the company’s new Bottle Filling Station Grant program. The program will provide grants of up to $2,500 to non-profit organizations, schools and local government facilities that seek to purchase and install a public-facing, reusable bottle filling station. The grants are aimed at reducing harmful plastic waste from single-use bottles and encourages hydration and healthy living among users.    “We are excited to introduce this new grant program that will promote healthy living and environmental stewardship while reducing waste in communities in our service area,” said West Virginia American Water President Robert Burton. “These user-friendly bottle filling stations will provide an environmentally responsible way to...

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West Virginia American Water and Town of Glasgow Reach Agreement on Water System Acquisitionarrow

September 06, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (September 6, 2019) – West Virginia American Water and the Town of Glasgow have reached an agreement that will allow West Virginia American Water to purchase the town’s water system and provide safe, reliable drinking water to its customers.   The Town of Glasgow, which serves approximately 300 customers along Rt. 60 in Kanawha County, has struggled to maintain adequate service to its customers in recent years. The town’s water system needs substantial infrastructure upgrades, with the system historically experiencing frequent water outages due to leaks and an unaccounted-for water rate of approximately 66 percent. Most recently, as a gesture of goodwill, West Virginia American Water has provided leak detection assistance and emergency water tankers to the town during widespread system outages.   Because of these challenges, West ...

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West Virginia American Water Awards More Than $12,000 to Local Fire Departments Through Firefighting Support Grant Programarrow

West Virginia American Water Awards More Than $12,000 to Local Fire Departments Through Firefighting Support Grant Program
August 23, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (August 14, 2019) – West Virginia American Water announced today the recipients of its sixth annual Firefighting Support Grant Program, providing more than $12,000 in financial assistance to fire departments located within the company’s service area. The grants will help local fire departments purchase emergency gear, life-saving equipment, training materials and essential firefighting apparatus.   “West Virginia American Water is proud to once again award fire departments across the state with grants that will upgrade equipment and improve safety operations,” said Rob Burton, West Virginia American Water president. “This program is another way we can show appreciation for those who serve in our local fire departments and protect the communities where our customers and employees live and work.”     The progr...

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West Virginia American Water Completes Acquisition of Boone-Raleigh PSD Water Systemarrow

West Virginia American Water Completes Acquisition of Boone-Raleigh PSD Water System
August 08, 2019

Dateline City: CHARLESTON, W.Va. CHARLESTON, W.Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--West Virginia American Water announced today that it has completed its acquisition of the Boone-Raleigh Public Service District (PSD) water distribution system. This transaction follows several months of emergency aid to the distressed public service district, which has historically experienced more than 60 percent water loss and frequent water outages due to leaks. Boone-Raleigh PSD, which serves approximately 470 customers along Rt. 3 in Boone and Raleigh Counties including the towns of Sylvester and Whitesville, has experienced a decline in customers and has struggled to maintain adequate service in recent years. The water system is in need of substantial upgrades and infrastructure replacements, including the water treatment plant that has received multiple ...

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West Virginia American Water Files 2020 Infrastructure Replacement Plan and Distribution System Improvement Chargearrow

June 28, 2019

Dateline City: CHARLESTON, W.Va. CHARLESTON, W.Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--West Virginia American Water filed an application today with the Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia, seeking approval of its 2020 infrastructure replacement program and associated Distribution System Improvement Charge (DSIC). The plan includes approximately $36 million of investment for infrastructure replacement and system upgrades. “Through the annual infrastructure replacement program, we have been able to expand our capital program and reduce our water main replacement cycle from 400 years to 100 years,” said Rob Burton, president of West Virginia American Water. “The accelerated investment achieved through the DSIC program allows us to strengthen our water system through large-scale capital projects while creating operational efficiencies and...

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Weston Water System Wins Award for Best Tasting Tap Water in West Virginiaarrow

Weston Water System Wins Award for Best Tasting Tap Water in West Virginia
June 21, 2019

  WESTON, W.Va. (June 20, 2019) – West Virginia American Water’s Weston water system received the statewide award for best tasting water in the Tap Water Taste Test competition held in late May at the annual American Water Works Association (AWWA) West Virginia Section conference in Davis, W.Va. Nineteen water utilities had the opportunity to participate in the competition, which was judged by three independent water industry representatives. To be eligible to participate, water systems must not have received any state or federal drinking water violations during the previous calendar year, and the utility or an employee must be a member of AWWA. “We are very proud of our Weston treatment plant operators and water quality team for this accomplishment,” said Rob Burton, president of West Virginia American Water. “This award is a testament to their w...

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