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Being a good neighbor is part of our mission at American Water. We are dedicated to Pennsylvania and do make sure we show it.

Each year, we assist low-income customers through our H20 Help to Others Program®. Customers who qualify may receive grants of up to $500, a discount on their service fee and water-saving devices and education on how to use water wisely.

American Water also takes an active part in the communities. We support environmental and educational initiatives related to water, from watershed clean-up efforts to educational programs focused on drinking water and source water protection. Below are just a few examples:

Imagine a Day Without Water Photo Contest

Pennsylvania American Water challenged customers to “Imagine a Day Without Water” by entering a photograph contest via social media. Customers were encouraged to submit original photography, along with the hashtag, #imaginenoh2o, on the company’s Twitter (@paamwater) or Instagram (@paamwater) pages to enter and win prizes.

Contestants submitted photos depicting how a day without water would impact their lives. Entries were judged by a panel of Pennsylvania American Water employees on originality, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and subject matter relevance to the “Imagine a Day Without Water" theme.

Pennsylvania American Water’s Stream of Learning Scholarship Program

  • Pennsylvania American Water’s Stream of Learning Scholarship Program was created to provide post-secondary scholarship assistance to students living in Pennsylvania American Water’s service areas who plan a course of study critical to the water and wastewater industry. To apply for a $2,000 scholarship, view our scholarship and application form. Here's a look at our 2014 scholarship winners. The deadline for applications is March 20, 2015. For more information, contact Josephine Posti at 724.743.3103 or

Environmental Grant Program

Another example of how we give back to the community is our innovative, environmental grant program, which provides financial support for community-based projects that improve, protect and restore drinking water supplies and surrounding watersheds. Read about the 2014 grant-winning projects

Expressing the Importance of Watershed Protection Through Art

  • Protect Our Watersheds Art Contest

    Open to fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students who live or go to school in Pennsylvania American Water’s service area, the contest encourages children to tap their artistic talents to express the importance of protecting Pennsylvania's watersheds and water resources. With their entry, students must write a short description of how watershed protection impacts them personally. It’s a fun and creative way for students to learn about the importance of protecting our precious water resources … and possibly win great prizes! Check out our video.

Contest Rules and Entry Form: Deadline to enter is April 10, 2015

2014 Winners: 2014 art contest winners

  • 2014 Grand Prize Winner Artwork

Educating Students at our Wonderful World of Water at Summer Camps

Sponsored by Pennsylvania American Water and organized in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Resources Council, The Outdoor Classroom, Carnegie Library of Homestead and Lackawanna River Corridor Association three “Wonderful World of Water Day Camps” were offered in 2015. Day campers will explore water and watershed basics, learned how human impact on the land affects water quality in our rivers and streams, and discovered solutions to water pollution. Learn more:

Pennsylvania Reservoirs Open for Fishing

The below list of Pennsylvania American Water-owned reservoirs are currently open for fishing. All PA Fish & Boat Commission Rules apply. Shoreline fishing at the reservoirs will be allowed, but wading is not permitted. Boats are also not permitted on the waterways. Reservoirs will be closed to fishing between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Commonwealth inland fishing rules and regulations and Fish & Boat Commission property regulations apply to this property. The areas open to fishing have been posted with signs indicating the boundaries.

  • Lackawanna County
    • Curtis Reservoir – Madison Twp.
    • Dunmore #1 Reservoir – Dunmore
    • Elmhurst Reservoir – Roaring Brook Twp.
    • Griffin Pond – South Abington & Scott townships
    • Maple Lake – Spring Brook Twp.
  • Luzerne County
    • Ceasetown Reservoir (aka Pikes Creek) Reservoir in Hunlock Creek
  • Susquehanna County
    • Comforts Pond – Susquehanna
  • Butler County
    • Thorn Run Reservoir – Oakland Twp.
    • Lake Oneida – Oakland Twp.

Please contact PA Fish & Boat Commission if you have additional questions.

Supporting Local and Global Needs

American Water has named United Way and Water for People its Charities of Choice. Each year, American Water employees from across the nation participate in a nationwide campaign for these organizations. Last year, we raised $556,840 for United Way and $208,000 for Water for People nationwide.

For More Information

For more information about any of the above programs, please contact Terry Maenza at 610-670-7789, ext. 123 or, or Kerrilyn Bevan at (717) 531-3204 or at 717-520-4605. For other events, visit our Community Events page.