Grants for Green Projects Available Through California American Water’s 2013 Environmental Grant Program

  Grants for Green Projects Available Through California American Water’s 2013
  Environmental Grant Program

Water Utility Offers $10,000 in California for Community Improvement Projects

Business Wire

CORONADO, Calif. -- January 18, 2013

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).

Projects will be judged based on criteria that include clarity of project
goals, projected impact, strength of collaboration with other community and/or
municipal organizations and evidence that the project will provide sustainable
environmental results after California American Water’s funding ends.

In 2012, the program supported the Ocean Foundation, which was awarded $5,000
to fund its Ocean Connectors Project to launch their innovative new watershed
restoration effort in San Diego. The program’s goal was to inspire 1,000
low-income elementary students to take community action to protect watersheds
and the environment. Students actively worked to restore and improve various
sites, such as the Otay River Watershed, a degraded watershed in South San
Diego County.

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 Water
8657 Grand Avenue
Rosemead, CA 91770
Attention: 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.

Contact:

California American Water
Kevin Tilden, 619-522-6362
Mobile: 619-206-8099
kevin.tilden@amwater.com
 
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