Illinois American Water and Missouri American Water have been honored as finalists for the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s Ameren Corporate Citizenship Arcus Award for demonstrating exceptional commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the St. Louis region.
Water and Missouri American Water were honored for establishing pharmaceutical
drop boxes at police stations, city halls and health departments. The
program’s goal is to give residents a safe and responsible way to dispose of
unneeded medicines without flushing – keeping the drugs out of local rivers and
off the streets. Working in cooperation with local law enforcement
agencies, the companies established more than 50 drop-off sites that dispose of
several tons of medicines each year through incineration.
The program started
in 2008 in Illinois American Water’s Pontiac District through a partnership
with high school students to stop flushing of medications and the resulting
impact to local water sources. The students created the model used by
American Water. To date, Illinois American Water has helped to implement
more than 35 permanent pharmaceutical disposal programs. To find an Illinois program
In St. Louis County,
the program is managed by Missouri P2D2, a nonprofit organization established
by Missouri American Water, the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, the St. Louis
County Police Department and the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. With
collection boxes in 14 locations, serving more than one million people, the
program is the largest of its kind in the U.S. Information and collection
box locations are available at www.missourip2d2.org.
About Illinois American Water – Illinois 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 1.2 million people. American Water also operates a customer
service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in
Founded in 1886,
American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded
U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees,
N.J., the company employs 6,800 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.