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Missouri American Water Announces Environmental Grant Recipients More than $12,000 in grants awarded to individual projects across the state.

ST. LOUIS, May 10, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Missouri American Water today announced that four watershed-related projects will receive a total of more than $12,000 in Missouri American Water Grant funds. The 2010 grant recipients are: East-West Gateway Council of Governments, based in St. Louis, was awarded $5,000 to fund development of a nine-element watershed plan for the lower Meramec River.

Missouri River Relief of Columbia was awarded $3,700 for the Missouri River Clean-up and Confluence Watershed Festival to take place in the St. Charles area.

Trailnet, Inc., based in St. Louis, will receive $1,500 for a program utilizing volunteers to protect and conserve Watkins Creek.

The Jasper and Newton County Environmental Task Force will be using $2,600 to sample and monitor water quality of Shoal Creek in Joplin.

"The environmental grant program allows our company to partner with organizations that work to improve, restore and protect the watersheds in the communities we serve," said Frank Kartmann, president of Missouri American Water. "As the water service provider for ten operating districts in Missouri, these projects are critical to sustaining and improving the environment and can have a direct impact on the quality of the sources of our drinking water." Missouri American Water Missouri American Water, a wholly owned 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 approximately 1.5 million people.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 16 million people in 35 states, as well as Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

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