West Virginia American Water Adopts Highways Near Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Feb. 18, 2020) – West Virginia American Water announced today a partnership with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH) to adopt nine sections of highway across the state as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program. The initiative promotes environmental stewardship and source water protection along highways within a one-mile radius of each West Virginia American Water treatment facility. 

“West Virginia American Water remains keenly focused on protecting our sources of drinking water to help ensure that our customers have safe, reliable water service,” said Robert Burton, president of West Virginia American Water. “This partnership with the DEP and DOH is a natural extension of our commitment to promote sustainability and protect the natural environment around our facilities across West Virginia, while also reflecting the spirit of volunteerism so frequently demonstrated by our community-minded employees.” 

West Virginia American Water employees will conduct highway clean-up events twice a year along each of the sections of adopted state and county highways. Each designated site will be maintained a half mile before and after the company’s facilities. The nine adopted highways include: 

  • Route 119, Charleston
  • Route 2, Huntington
  • Route 4, Gassaway
  • Route 15, Webster Springs
  • Route 19, South Weston
  • Route 2, Bluefield
  • Route 18, Hinton
  • Route 16, Fayetteville
  • Route 2300, Beckwith

“I commend West Virginia American Water for its commitment to the environment,” said Austin Caperton, DEP Cabinet Secretary. “Like West Virginia American Water, many West Virginia organizations go out of their way to protect our resources. They set an example that we hope everyone follows.” 

“Our steadfast obligation to source water protection is a key component to delivering quality, reliable water service,” said Erica Pauken, West Virginia American Water source water protection state lead. “Our commitment allows us to think creatively about ways we can continue to safeguard our resources, and we are looking forward to partnering with DEP and DOH on this Adopt-A-Highway program.” 

West Virginia American Water’s first clean-up event will take place in April 2020. This inaugural event will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which was established in April 1970. 

West 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 550,000 people. 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 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 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 and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.