Tennessee American Water Recognized for Outstanding Community Stewardship by Tennessee State Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Chattanooga, Tenn. (Oct. 30, 2020) – Tennessee American Water was recognized this week by the Tennessee State Chamber of Commerce & Industry for its community support during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The State Chamber created 2020 Special Pandemic Response Awards to recognize companies that stepped up and prioritized aiding their employees, customers and communities.
Tennessee American Water was the recipient of the Outstanding Community Stewardship in the small employer category (250 or less employees). The award qualifications were based on exemplary contributions made to the local, state, or national community to assist with COVID-19 response. Efforts by the company to support the community have included recognizing essential workers, $15,000 in COVID-19 relief grants through the American Water Charitable Foundation, a six-month suspension of shut-offs and late fees for customers unable to pay their bills, and a donation to the United Way 2-1-1 Help Center for the water help assistance program.
“We are truly honored to be the recipient of the Outstanding Community Stewardship award from the Tennessee State Chamber. This has been a very critical time in our country to support one another or lend a hand to our communities and neighbors in need,” said Grant Evitts, interim president of Tennessee American Water. “We also recognize that our dedicated employees and other essential workers have continued to provide important services and appreciate their commitment to getting the job done safely during the pandemic.”
In addition, Tennessee American Water joined the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and Tennessee Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (TN-WARN) in a statewide effort to distribute cloth masks. The face coverings were supplied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist by providing water and wastewater utility workers with necessary safety protection during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Tennessee American Water distributed 10,000 masks in the southeastern region.
ABOUT TENNESSEE AMERICAN WATER
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. 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 6,800 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 make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit www.tennesseeamwater.com.