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 young people the value of sound health and environmental practices.”
A committee of West Virginia American Water employees reviewed and selected the following organizations from more than 90 applications:
- AD Lewis Community Center, Huntington
- Salt Rock Elementary School, Salt Rock
- Fayette County Public Library, Oak Hill
- CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital, Charleston
- West Virginia Capitol Complex, Charleston
- Flinn Elementary School, Charleston
- Lewis County High School, Weston
- Lewis County Park, Weston
- Mercer Elementary School, Princeton
- Putnam County Public Library, Hurricane
“We were extremely pleased with the number of applications we received, prompting us to double the amount of stations we initially planned to award this year,” continued Burton. “The demand demonstrates the community’s desire to provide health-conscious, environmentally friendly tap water options which result in less plastic waste and better health outcomes.”
West Virginia 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 services to approximately 550,000 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 more than 14 million people in 46 states. 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.