PONTIAC, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water’s Pontiac District was recently awarded a Partnership in Conservation Award from the Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). The award was presented during the SWCD’s annual meeting.
According to the SWCD, the local water service team earned the recognition for environmental education and watershed protection efforts. Specifically, Illinois American Water’s Pontiac team partners with the SWCD to educate local youth about water quality and wise water use. The Pontiac District also participates in the Vermilion Watershed Task Force and local river cleanup efforts.
Corey Robinson, operations superintendent for Illinois American Water’s Pontiac District said of the award, “When your work, your passion, revolves around providing quality drinking water to your friends and neighbors, you know firsthand how important it is to help protect and conserve our water resources. We feel strongly about doing our part and we’re proud to partner with local organizations like the Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District.”
In addition to partnering with the SWCD, Illinois American Water also works locally with Pontiac Township High School on proper pharmaceutical disposal programs, which help to protect water sources. The company has also supported student efforts for source water testing and the school's Operation Endangered Species and Alligator Snapping Turtle project.
Environmental grant funding has also been contributed to local environmental stewards like Pontiac Township High School, Trees Forever and the Conservation Technology Information Center’s Indian Creek Watershed project. The 2020 Illinois American Water Environmental Grant Program is currently accepting applications. The deadline is March 31, 2020. More information can be found at www.illinoisamwater.com.
About Illinois American Water - Illinois 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/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.