Wednesday, January 8, 2014 The American Water Charitable Foundation today provided a bit of New Year’s cheer to the Norristown Fire Department in the form of a $4,000 community safety grant, which the organization will use to purchase smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for local families in need.
“With this grant, our department will be able to provide these early warning fire protection devices that can help safeguard local families from tragedy,” said Norristown Fire Chief Thomas M. O’Donnell. The money will be used to provide and install combined smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – at no charge – to Norristown residents in need. In 2012, the fire department installed 133 combined smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout Norristown.
“The dedicated firefighters serving Norristown devoted their lives and special talents to protect the community. We want to recognize them and lend our assistance by providing some of the resources they need to help them do their jobs,” said Pennsylvania American Water Vice President of Operations Steve Tambini.
Established in 2010, the American Water Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides a formal way to demonstrate American Water’s ongoing commitment to being a good neighbor, citizen, and contributor to the communities where the company and its employees live, work and operate. The Foundation also helps support American Water employee-identified nonprofits endeavors.
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.2 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, NJ, the company employs approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada.