Twenty schools, cities and non-profit organizations across the state will now have improved access to quality drinking water due to funding from the annual Missouri American Water Hydration Station Grant Program. Launched this year, the program offers non-profit organizations and public institutions an opportunity to apply for water bottle filling stations and drinking fountains for indoor and outdoor use.
The program also promotes environmental stewardship by encouraging reusable bottle use to reduce single-use plastic bottles. According to the Container Institute, roughly 60 million plastic bottles are thrown away every day. While most end up in landfills, millions also litter streets, parks and waterways.
“We are excited to provide convenient access to safe, clean tap water on the go in an environmentally sustainable way,” said Rich Svindland, President of Missouri American Water. “This program, which eliminates plastic waste to help protect our waterways, is another way we keep life flowing in the communities we serve.”
Recipients of indoor Hydration Stations for 2022 are:
- Affton School District
- The Bartlett Center in St. Joseph
- Bellefontaine Neighbors Recreation Center
- Hazelwood Northwest Middle School
- Hazelwood Opportunity Center
- Interfaith Community Services (InterServ) in St. Joseph
- Jennings Educational Training School
- Joplin City Hall
- Joplin School District
- Marygrove in Florissant
- Missouri Military Academy in Mexico
- The Salvation Army in Jefferson City
- Sisters of Solace in St. Joseph
- Warrensburg City Hall
- Warrensburg Martin Warren Elementary School
- Webster Groves High School
Recipients of outdoor Hydration Stations for 2022 are:
- Pine Lawn Parks & Recreation
- St. Louis County Parks & Recreation
- Sunset Hills Parks & Recreation
- Wildcat Glades Friends Group in Joplin
The annual grant program will be accepting applications again in spring 2023. Applicants who did not receive grants this year are encouraged to reapply.
To be eligible, applicants must receive their water service from Missouri American Water. Grant recipients are responsible for ordering, installing and maintaining the units.
Missouri American Water
Missouri 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 and wastewater services to approximately 1.5 million people. For more, visit missouriamwater.com and follow Missouri American Water on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs approximately 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 25 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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