New Jersey American Water opens water source, watershed protection grant program

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CHERRY HILL, NJ, Feb. 9, 2010 -- New Jersey American Water's 2010 Environmental Grant Program will award up to $10,000 to innovative programs that address water source or watershed protection needs.

Organizations engaging in activities that improve a community's water supply or improve, restore or protect watersheds will be considered for funding. Such projects may include wildlife habitat improvement, storm water management, wellhead protection initiatives, watershed cleanups, or reforestation efforts.

To be eligible, organizations:

-- Must be located within New Jersey American Water's service area
-- Must complete the project between May 1 and November 30, 2010
-- Must establish a new or innovative program or a significant expansion to an existing program
-- Can be a partnership between two or more organizations
-- Must provide evidence of sustainability

Applications must be received by March 22, 2010. Grant recipients will be announced in December after applicants have submitted a written review on the results and impact of their project.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and will be selected based on various criteria such as project goals, impact, innovation, design, collaboration, sustainability, and community engagement among other requirements.

To apply, or for more information on New Jersey American Water's 2010 Environmental Grant Program, contact Peter Eschbach at 856-310-2205 or peter.eschbach@amwater.com. Visit www.newjerseyamwater.com for the 2010 program brochure or to download an application form.

New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE:AWK) , is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in 32 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

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