American Water awards 49 environmental grants; 4 projects in N.J.

Voorhees-based American Water, a water and wastewater utility company, announced Thursday the recipients of its 2018 Environmental Grant Program awards.

American Water said it will provide $188,000 to 49 projects throughout their services areas in 11 states, including New Jersey.

“Our commitment to providing our customers with clean, safe, reliable water service also means that we share our customers’ commitment to protecting our environment. Through this unique grant program, we’ve seen truly inspiring and significant projects come to life and make a measurable and vital impact on the protection and improvement of public water supplies in the communities we serve,” Susan Story, CEO and president of American Water. “These projects continue to better the lives of millions of people — as well as the environment — because of their focus on sustainability.”

The program, which was established in 2005, offers funds to community-based environmental projects to improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and groundwater supplies.

In the last 13 years, American Water’s grant program has given more than $1.5 million to 462 projects.

Here’s New Jersey’s 2018 grant recipients:

  • $7,500 to the Borough of Fanwood;
  • $10,000 to the Camden SMART Initiative;
  • $10,000 to the New Jersey Tree Foundation;
  • $10,000 to Raritan High School.