CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – West Virginia American Water announced today that applications are now being accepted for the company’s third annual Bottle Filling Station Program.
“As the largest water utility in West Virginia, it’s our privilege to educate West Virginians on the importance of proper hydration, drinking tap water and reducing plastic waste to protect our environment,” said West Virginia American Water president Robert Burton. “We’re proud to lead the way across West Virginia on such an important environmental initiative while educating West Virginians on the benefits of tap water.”
Launched in 2019 in West Virginia, this initiative was the first grant program in American Water’s footprint dedicated to eliminating single use plastic and encouraging the use of reusable water bottles. The grant program has provided 73 bottle filling stations to organizations, government buildings and schools across the state. The City of Huntington was one of 22 recipients in last year’s funding cycle.
“In the few months that our bottle filling station has been installed at City Hall, our employees have filled up more than 2,800 bottles of water in reusable containers,” said Huntington Mayor Steve Williams. “This is a valuable asset to Huntington city government because it not only cuts down on our waste production, but it also serves as an incentive for our employees to stay hydrated and healthy.”
West Virginia American Water’s Bottle Filling Station Program will provide bottle filling stations to public facilities within the company’s designated service areas. The awarded organizations will be responsible for the installation of the unit and any other associated costs.
To qualify, applicants must be a nonprofit organization, school or local government entity, and the facility in which the bottle filling station would be located must be open to the public within the company’s service area. Individuals are not eligible to receive bottle filling stations.
Application forms and details can be found on the Bottle Filling Station Program page of the company’s website. For additional information, contact Bradley Harris, Senior External Affairs Specialist, at Bradley.Harris@amwater.com. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. Recipients will be notified in October.