CHARLESTON — West Virginia American Water recently announced the recipient of one of their pilot Bottle Filling Station Grant Program to Mercer School. In its first year, the program aims to provide reusable bottle filling stations to non-profit organizations, schools and local government facilities with the purpose of reducing harmful plastic waste from single-use bottles and encouraging hydration and healthy living among users.
“West Virginia American Water is proud to begin this annual grant program with the goal of increasing bottle filling stations throughout our service area,” said Rob Burton, West Virginia American Water president. “This program is another way we can educate our communities on the benefits of tap water, and in particular, teach our young people the value of sound health and environmental practices.”
Mercer School was selected from more than 90 applicants and was the only recipient of the grant for Southern West Virginia.
“We were extremely pleased with the number of applications we received, prompting us to double the amount of stations we initially planned to award this year,” continued Burton. “The demand demonstrates the community’s desire to provide health-conscious, environmentally friendly tap water options which result in less plastic waste and better health outcomes.”
Mercer School had previously purchased two stations for the school last year and the grant allowed them to install a third in their gym for students.