Virginia American Water Announces 2023 Volunteer Firefighter Grant Recipients

Seven fire departments in company’s service areas receive funding

Alexandria, VA – October 19, 2023 – Virginia American Water is proud to announce the recipients of its 2023 Volunteer Fire Grant Program. This year, seven volunteer fire departments located within the company’s service areas in the Northern Neck and the Town of Waverly have been chosen to receive grants, totaling $7,000. This funding will be used to support initiatives, training and/or upgraded equipment to help the responders better protect themselves and the communities they serve. The grants are part of an annual company program to financially assist volunteer fire departments within Virginia American Water service areas.

Each department listed below has been granted $1,000 to advance fire protection and public safety.

“Safety is at the forefront of everything that we do at Virginia American Water,” says Barry Suits, President, Virginia American Water. “That is why we are proud to continuously support the everyday heroes that keep the communities that we serve safe, day in and day out.”

This year’s grants will be used in various ways by each department including the purchase of safety gloves, radios and pagers, as well as new radio cases and straps, portable water storage tanks, fire hoses, thermal imaging cameras, and portable automated external defibrillators (AED).

The 2023 Volunteer Firefighter and EMS grant recipients include:

  • Town of Waverly Volunteer Fire Department
  • Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department
  • Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department
  • Upper Lancaster Volunteer Fire Department
  • Callao Volunteer Fire Department, and
  • Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department
  • Fairfields Volunteer Fire Department

About American Water
American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing® by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people with regulated operations in 14 states and on 18 military installations. American Water’s 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company’s national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes for the benefit of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders.

As one of the fastest growing utilities in the U.S., American Water expects to invest $30 to $34 billion in infrastructure repairs and replacement, system resiliency and regulated acquisitions over the next 10 years. The company has a long-standing history of executing its core operations, aligned with sustainable best practices, through its commitments to safety, affordability, customer service, protecting the environment, an inclusive workforce and strengthening communities.

American Water has been recognized on the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the fifth consecutive year, ranked 18th on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies 2023 List, earned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act designation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® Excellence Award, among additional state, local and national recognitions.

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Virginia 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 350,000 people. For more information, visit and follow Virginia American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

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