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Being a good neighbor is part of our mission at American Water. You’ll see our employees talking about water treatment processes at schools, cleaning up streams and serving on local civic and charitable boards. We invest our time and financial resources to serve as a good neighbor and a responsible steward of the environment.

We give back to the community through our environmental grant program that encourages community-based environmental projects that improve or protect water supplies and surrounding watersheds.

At community Earth Day celebrations, we bring information on water treatment and sourcewater protection to our customers and their families.

We sponsor the “Pathways to Water Quality” exhibit which is viewed by almost one million people at the Indiana State Fair each summer

We support local United Way campaigns and partner with Water for People, an organization that helps improve the quality of life to impoverished people by supporting sustainable drinking water, sanitation and health and hygiene education.

Indiana American Water is proud to be an active participant in the communities we serve. Listed below are some highlights of our community involvement activities.

February
American Water Environmental Grant Program applications available. American Water’s environmental grants support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore and/or protect watersheds and community water supplies through partnerships. Applications are available online or by mail in February of each year.

August
6 - 17
Pathway to Water Quality
Tens of thousand of visitors to the Indiana State Fair annually walk the path the water walks at the popular Pathway to Water Quality exhibit sponsored by Indiana American Water Company. Pathway is a model watershed that shows you how land sheds excess water and what that means to you. Stop by the exhibit August 6 – 17, 2008 during the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.

October
National Theatre for Children performance sign-ups begin this month. These free interactive theatre performances are available to schools in our service areas. The shows teach the value of water and the importance of protecting and conserving this precious resource.

School performances are scheduled for January – April of each year.

At American Water, being a good neighbor and helping out whenever we can is critical to what we do. We are your local water company, but we are also your partner in environmental stewardship, educational programs, and community involvement. We are dedicated to our communities and demonstrate that commitment every day with programs that support the communities we serve.

Across the country we work closely with our communities to make sure we are giving back. We do this in a number of ways. We participate with elementary, middle and high schools to teach students - and teachers - about wise water use and protection of the environment. We work with organizations such as the United Way and local Chambers of Commerce to support local environmental, cultural and educational programs. And, we work closely with our communities to help protect, clean up and restore drinking water supplies and watershed areas.

From river clean-ups, to presenting the water treatment process at local schools, to setting up water arches at charity runs, every day American Water employees are active and engaged in the communities where we live and work.

Below are a few examples of programs we have participated in. 

  • In Illinois, we are a founder and a 20-year supporter of the Peoria Clean Water Celebration, a program that has taught thousands of students, teachers and business professionals how they can make a difference by protecting the nation’s waterways.
  • In New Jersey, we’ve partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The New Jersey Audubon Society to support and protect the wildlife, wetland and watershed areas in the state.
  • In Kentucky, we support a number of organizations that protect or restore the environment. Some of those include the Clyde E. Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, Bluegrass PRIDE, and the Arboretum, Kentucky’s official botanical garden.
  • In California, we’ve sponsored the American River Salmon Festival, Sacramento County’s Creek Week, and Big Fishin’ in the Second District, an event that took underprivileged and at-risk kids on a fishing trip.