California American Water announced today that applications are now being accepted for its 2013 Environmental Grant Program. The company will award several grants for a combined total of $10,000 to innovative community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds and drinking water supplies within the state. A wide variety of conservation projects are eligible for funding, such as watershed cleanups, educational programs, biodiversity projects, waterway restoration projects, wellhead protection initiatives and hazardous waste collection efforts. “We are all environmental stewards in protecting California’s diverse watershed, and this program is one way we help communities play an active role in this important effort,” said Rob MacLean, president of California American Water. “I encourage municipalities, schools, environmental organizations and civic groups to apply for a grant to support projects that will benefit their local water ecosystem.” To qualify, proposed projects must:
- Be located within one or more of California American Water's service areas;
- Address a source water or watershed protection need in the community;
- Be completed between May 1, 2013 and November 29, 2013;
- Be a new or innovative program for the community, or serve as a significant expansion to an existing program;
- Be carried out by a formal or informal partnership between two or more organizations; and
- Provide evidence of sustainability (continued existence after the American Water grant monies are utilized).
The second recipient was Monterey County Business Council, which was awarded $5,000 to fund its Rainwater Catchment and Graywater Recycling Outreach program. The grant was used to develop and distribute educational materials to more than 15,000 Monterey County residents about rainwater harvesting and graywater recycling to meet individual household water needs as well as to expand the existing directory of local product and service providers as a resource to residents.Grant information and application forms can be found by visiting www.amwater.com/EnvironmentalGrantProgram Applications must be postmarked by March 11, 2013 and mailed to: California American Water8657 Grand AvenueRosemead, CA 91770Attention: Brian Barreto California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 600,000 people in the Northern, Central and Southern parts of the state. Information regarding California American Water’s service areas can be found on the company’s website www.californiaamwater.com. 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 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.