Tennessee American Water Recognized by American Water Works Association for Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
Award Received at Conference Held in Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn. (August 30, 2021) – Tennessee American Water has been awarded a 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Award in the Organization Category from the Kentucky/Tennessee Section of the American Water Works Association for its outstanding efforts to promote an inclusive and diverse workplace. The company received the award at a ceremony held earlier this month during the Kentucky/Tennessee Water Professionals Conference, which was co-hosted by Tennessee American Water and was attended by nearly 1,500 water industry professionals.
Tennessee American Water is a subsidiary of American Water, which recognizes that different ideas, viewpoints, experiences and backgrounds make the company stronger. The company is committed to continuously building a truly inclusive work environment and constantly striving to be better for the benefit of everyone.
“We believe that inclusion and diversity are vital elements to our success,” said Tennessee American Water Operations Manager Leah Morrison. “We’re all different and embracing those differences across our organization is what makes us a great company and able to provide great excellent customer service to the communities we serve.”
The company’s commitment to inclusion and diversity creates an environment where every person feels engaged and valued. Training is a key element to creating an inclusion culture where employees thrive and help make positive impacts in the communities where the company serves. Other examples of how the company is making inclusion and diversity a priority include starting most meetings with an “I & D moment;” offering Employee Resource Business Groups that all employees are encouraged to participate and to support and raise awareness of employee groups such as female, Black/African American, LGBTQ+ and Disabilities; promoting partnerships with diverse vendors and suppliers; and engaging with community organizations who support inclusion and diversity.
More information on American Water’s commitment to inclusion and diversity can be found in the company’s first annual Inclusion and Diversity Report.
Tennessee 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 380,000 people in Tennessee and north Georgia. For more information, visit www.tennesseeamwater.com and follow Tennessee American Water on Twitter and Facebook.
About American Water
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 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.