State Water Utility Takes Aim at Water Infrastructure Education
GREENWOOD, Ind. – School is in session again and Indiana American Water, the state’s largest investor-owned water utility, has launched The71Percent.org, a new website to help educate residents throughout Indiana on water and wastewater issues, infrastructure, conservation, and best practices.
Indiana American Water is taking action to keep the public informed on how everyone can do their part to keep waterways clean and protect the future of Indiana’s water supply and infrastructure.
“We are excited to launch this new website to help educate our residents and equip teachers with classroom materials about everything water,” said Deborah Dewey, Indiana American Water president. “There is so much valuable information to share with our customers and residents throughout the country about our waterways, from how fish are affected by water pollution to soil’s role in water conservation.”
The site serves as an educational tool and asset for anyone with a desire to learn more about water. Its name references the fact that 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. Readers will also find topics on lifestyle, classroom learning, environment, policy and infrastructure, play and safety, and fun ‘did you know’ facts.
Education is a top priority for Dewey and the entire team at Indiana American Water. Employees regularly work with students, teachers and staff on education projects, cleaning up waterways, and even judging student water projects.
In addition to educating the public on the role they play in preserving and protecting our water resources, Indiana American Water also annually invests approximately $70 million to update water mains, storage tanks, treatment facilities, sewer lines and more. Indiana American Water is committed to investing in its systems and a portion of every bill is dedicated to replacing or rehabilitating aging infrastructure.
A study completed late last year by the Indiana Finance Authority evaluated Indiana’s water infrastructure and estimated more than $2.3 billion in infrastructure needs for drinking water systems across the state, and found that an additional $815 million is needed annually to maintain this infrastructure into the future.
The71Percent will continually bring quality information on all areas of water, including local news throughout the state and surrounding areas, national water related news and more. Readers can dive in and get their feet wet with some interesting topics including:
- Stopping Water Pollution Starts at Home
- What is Water Intoxication
- Simple At-Home Water Conservation Tips
- Teaching Children the Importance of Water
- How Much Water is Needed to Produce Our Food
Dewey added, “Water is one of our most essential resources for life and we are committed to working closely with our residents and legislators to ensure our waterways are protected and that we are meeting the needs of the communities we serve.”
Anyone interested in staying informed on all things water can visit www.the71percent.org.
About Indiana American Water
Indiana 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 more than 1.3 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. Marking its 131st anniversary this year, the company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.