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Alexandria recreation facilities getting new water bottle filling stations courtesy Virginia American Water

Soccer practice (photo via Alexandria Soccer Association/Facebook)

The charitable foundation wing of utility company American Water said it’s awarding $25,000 to the Alexandria Soccer Association (ASA) to install water bottle filling stations at recreation facilities.

A release from Virginia American Water didn’t specify how many refilling stations that’ll get the ASA, but that the new refilling stations will be located at fields across the city.

The full release is below:

The American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by American Water, the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, has partnered with Virginia American Water to award $25,000 to Alexandria Soccer Association to support the installation of water bottle filling stations at recreation facilities within the City of Alexandria.

“Alexandria Soccer Association is one of the largest youth-serving organizations in the City of Alexandria, bringing together thousands of families through soccer” says Carrie Williams, president of the American Water Charitable Foundation. “By installing water bottle filling stations, they are providing children access to safe, reliable drinking water and working to eliminate single-use water bottles. Projects like this align directly with American Water’s commitment to environmental stewardship and giving back to the communities we serve.”

Alexandria Soccer Association (ASA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established in 1970 to offer soccer programs for residents of all ages and abilities within the city. ASA programs are intended to develop good character, mental and physical fitness, and interpersonal skills through soccer activities. ASA programs empower their participants to achieve their greatest potential, and part of that is becoming environmentally conscious citizens.

“ASA, in partnership with the City of Alexandria Department of RPCA, is thrilled to be a recipient of the American Water Charitable Foundation grant that will fund the installation of water bottle filling stations at fields across the City,” says Thomas Park, Executive Director, Alexandria Soccer Association. “Filling stations are an important asset that encourage hydration and help discourage single use water bottles that litter our planet and harm the environment. ASA’s values align with AWCF and the City to improve the health and wellbeing of our community and the spaces where we recreate.”

Funding for the bottle filling stations were made through AWCF’s State Strategic Impact grant program which was launched in 2022 to help support high-impact projects and initiatives throughout American Water’s regulated and regulated-like footprint. State Strategic Impact grants are part of AWCF’s Keep Communities Flowing grant program, focused on three pillars of giving: Water, People and Communities.

Photo via Alexandria Soccer Association/Facebook