PA American Water employs social media efforts to support environmental projects

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HERSHEY, PA, Oct. 25, 2013 -- Pennsylvania American Water recently announced the launch of its "Community Investment Challenge," a contest allowing the company's Facebook users to vote for grant awards supporting environmental projects and community improvement programs.

To be eligible, organizations must submit projects that will take place within Pennsylvania American Water service areas in 2014. The top three projects receiving the most votes on the company's Facebook contest page will receive awards of $1,000 (first-place), $700 (second-place) and $300 (third place). Projects planned for 2014 in Pennsylvania American Water's service areas should fit the following criteria to be eligible.

  • Water and the Environment: Innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds and communities' surface and groundwater.
  • Water and Healthy Living: Efforts that contribute to healthy communities by promoting safe water and sanitation, educating the public on the health benefits of water and encouraging good hygiene practices.
  • Environmental Education: Educational programs that provide information about water conservation, water and wastewater treatment, the water cycle, watershed protection and the environment.
  • Community Sustainability: Projects that meet a definitive, sustainable community needs, preferably aligned with the company's core business, and enrich the lives of the residents who live and work in communities served by Pennsylvania American Water.

"We hope to engage civic, non-profit, environmental and educational groups that are planning innovative and meaningful projects to enhance the communities we serve. By mobilizing voters through their social networks, the organizations could earn grant money to help support those projects," said Pennsylvania American Water director of communications and erxternal affairs, Terry M. Maenza.

Interested organizations can submit projects online for consideration by visiting Pennsylvania American Water's website. The application link can be found under the About Us drop-down menu. Select Community Involvement on the Community Programs page here.

Starting November 8, 2013, visitors to Pennsylvania American Water's Facebook Contest Page can read about the Community Investment Challenge entries and vote for their favorite one. The deadline for voting is December 8, 2013. Awards will be announced in early December.

Maenza said, "We strongly believe in working with our local partners to develop sustainable solutions and promote environmental stewardship."

About Pennsylvania American Water

Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.2 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada.

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