Jul 30, 2010

American Water Donates $193,000 to Water For People

Employee from Missouri to visit program site in Bolivia

American Water Works Co. Inc., a U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced that it raised $193,227 for Water For People, the majority of which was collected through employee contributions in its company-wide 2010 fundraising campaign.

In addition, American Water will sponsor Dave Yungermann, an operations manager with Missouri American Water, to participate in a four-day Water For People field visit in Bolivia in September. Yungermann, who lives in St. Louis, was selected at random from a list of employees that contributed a minimum of $20 per month to the campaign. The field visit will give Yungermann the opportunity to witness Water For People’s activities in Bolivia by visiting developing sanitation projects, observing first-hand the improvements in the water system and interacting with the residents who benefit from these efforts.

“Once again, American Water employees have shown their commitment to assist Water For People in realizing its vision of a world where no one has to suffer from water- or sanitation-related disease,” said Ellen Wolf, chief financial officer of American Water, chair of the company’s 2010 giving campaign.

American Water has made an annual contribution to Water For People since it was established 19 years ago, and to date has contributed approximately $1.4 million, according to the American Water.

Founded in 1991, Water For People is an international, nonprofit humanitarian organization that focuses on long-lasting, safe drinking water resources and improved sanitation facilities in the developing world. While Water For People is in its 20th year of work it focuses not on creating a dependency on charity in the 11 countries it works in, but rather creating the ability of the local community to plan, build, finance, maintain and operate their own systems.