CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – West Virginia American Water announced today it will commemorate Source Water Protection Week from September 25 through October 1. Governor Jim Justice officially proclaimed the coming seven days as “Source Water Protection Week in West Virginia.”
“All West Virginians play a vital role in keeping our drinking water sources clean and healthy,” said Erica Pauken, source water protection program manager for West Virginia American Water. “As the largest water provider in the state, we believe it is our duty to spearhead Source Water Protection Week efforts and educate West Virginians on the significant impact we all have on our watersheds and the environment.”
West Virginia American Water will kick off its 2022 Source Water Protection Week in Summers County on Monday, September 26 with the West Virginia Land Trust. The two entities will announce a joint venture that will support the company’s continued source water protection and environmental stewardship efforts in that region. Additional activities throughout the week include:
- Tuesday, September 27—West Virginia American Water will host the Girl Scouts of the Black Diamond Council at their Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant as part of their “We Keep Water Flowing” source water protection patch program partnership
- Wednesday, September 28—West Virginia American Water will partner with the Southwestern Regional Day Report Center’s Fresh Start Program to plant trees in honor of customers that converted from a paper bill to paperless billing. Throughout the remainder of the year, employees will spend time planting trees in honor of over 3,000 customers that have converted to paperless billing so far in 2022.
- Thursday, September 29—West Virginia American Water employees will clean roadways and waterways near the company’s water and wastewater treatment plants across the state as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program.
- Friday, September 30— In partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education, West Virginia American Water’s external affairs and source water protection teams will conduct virtual educational programming titled “Source Water Protection in the Classroom” for students across the state grades K-12.
Pauken continued, “As can be seen with our events and activities through the week, West Virginia American Water maintains a host of partnerships and positive working relationships with federal, state and county agencies, nonprofit organizations and environmental groups that are all committed to ensuring we have clean, safe source water.”