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March 24th, 2009
Pennsylvania American Water Now Accepting Applications for Environmental Grant Program

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PR – Pennsylvania American Water announced today that the application
process is now open for its 2009 Environmental Grant Program to support
innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve,
restore or protect watersheds and community drinking water supplies.

The company will award grants of up to $10,000. The
program is designed to support diverse types of activities, such as
watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, underground tank inspection
programs, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration
projects, wellhead protection initiatives and hazardous waste
collection efforts.

"Every individual and community has the ability to positively impact watersheds and our drinking water resources," said Kathy L. Pape,
president, Pennsylvania American Water. "We encourage municipalities,
schools, environmental organizations and civic groups to apply for a
grant to support projects that will benefit the watershed."

To qualify, a proposed project must be:

 

  • Located within Pennsylvania American Water’s service area; and
  • Completed between June 1, 2009 and November 1, 2009; and
  • New or innovative community initiative or serve as significant expansion to an existing program.

Projects will be judged based on criteria that include clarity of
project goals and projected impact, strength of collaboration with
other community and/or municipal organizations, and evidence that the
project will provide sustainable environmental results after the
Pennsylvania American Water’s funding ends.

In 2008, the company’s Environmental Grant Program awarded more than $26,000, which was shared among six recipients: River Alert and Information Network (Southwest PA); Abrahams Creek Watershed Association (Luzerne County); Brandywine Valley Association (Chester County); Lawrence County Board of Commissioners; Moshannon Creek Watershed Association (Clearfield County); and South Park Township (Allegheny County).

Grant information and application forms can be found online at www.pennsylvaniaamwater.com. Applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2009, and mailed to: Pennsylvania American Water, 800 West Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA 17033. Attn: Terry Maenza.

Pennsylvania American Water, a wholly-owned 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 more than
2 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest
investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With
headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company
employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking
water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15
million people in 32 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

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