West Virginia American Water and Coalfield Development Announce $185,000 Grant from American Water Charitable Foundation

Huntington, W.Va. (Oct. 5, 2022) – The American Water Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization established by American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, recently announced a $185,000 grant to Coalfield Development as part of its 2022 Water and Environment Grant Program.

“West Virginia American Water is proud to share that Coalfield Development received the second largest grant in this program provided by the American Water Charitable Foundation. With 36 grants provided across the United States, Coalfield Development stood out as a deserving and innovative organization, with an environmental project that greatly betters their community,” said Robert Burton, president, West Virginia American Water. “We truly appreciate the Foundation and their recognition of the tremendous work at Coalfield Development and across West Virginia.”

The Water and Environment grant is part of the American Water Charitable Foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program, focusing on three pillars of giving: Water, People and Communities. Coalfield Development will utilize their $185,000 grant for construction of the West Edge Rainwater Catchment and Raingarden System.

“Coalfield Development is thrilled to receive the second largest grant from this program,” said Brandon Dennison, chief executive officer, Coalfield Development. “This funding will be a game changer towards the completion of our Rainwater Catchment and Rain Garden System here at West Edge. We are excited to get this vital community project underway as we strive to fulfill our mission and vision of helping our neighbors and our planet.”

“Coalfield Development is excited to work with the American Water Charitable Foundation to build out our vision for an integrated rainwater catchment and bioswale diversion system at our West Edge social enterprise incubator in Huntington,” continued Jacob Hannah, development director for Coalfield Development. “This system will have the capability to divert thousands of gallons of stormwater away from the city’s infrastructure and watersheds as a preventative flooding and pollution measure, while also providing our organization with stored rainwater for maintenance and utility purposes in our building. The installation will also have an overflow system that will divert excess rainwater into a rain garden that will slowly and safely dissipate the water into the ground’s natural water table. Coalfield Development will leverage this installation as a training and education hub for our workforce development program, as well as for the general public of the Huntington area.”

Coalfield Development will begin construction on the system in early 2023 with anticipated completion in 2024. The project was one of five selected in West Virginia for funding from the American Water Charitable Foundation, totaling $296,000. “The American Water Charitable Foundation is pleased to partner with organizations across West Virginia American Water’s service territory to provide equitable and accessible projects and programs focused on clean water, environmental education, access to water-based recreation and more,” said Carrie Williams, president, American Water Charitable Foundation. “Funding for the Water and the Environment grant will create high-impact projects that engage communities in learning how every drop counts.” Learn more about West Virginia American Water’s community impact, here.

About American Water Charitable Foundation The American Water Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a formal way to demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to be a good neighbor, citizen, and contributor to the communities where American Water and its employees live, work and operate. For more information, visit amwater.com/awcf and follow the American Water Charitable Foundation on Facebook.

About West Virginia American Water

West Virginia 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 services to approximately 560,000 people.

About American Water

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 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and diversityataw.com. Follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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