MECHANICSBURG, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
State’s largest water/wastewater utility to sponsor first-ever giant screen film on the Chesapeake Bay watershed to encourage watershed protection and environmental stewardship
Pennsylvania American Water announced today an exclusive partnership with the soon-to-be-released giant screen film, “Expedition Chesapeake, A Journey of Discovery.” The film, hosted by biologist, wildlife conservationist and TV personality Jeff Corwin, takes its audience on an epic journey into the region’s vast and diverse watershed, exploring the connections between the millions of people, plants and animals that call it home. The goal of “Expedition Chesapeake” is to create awareness of the threats facing watersheds and estuaries around the globe and to educate audiences about the roles they can play to protect and preserve vital water resources.
According to Pennsylvania American Water president, Jeffrey McIntyre, this partnership fits perfectly with Pennsylvania American Water’s commitment to being a leader in environmental sustainability by leading and encouraging the protection of our environment and the sources of our drinking water.
“We are deeply protective about keeping our watersheds healthy and clean because millions of people depend on us every day for safe, clean drinking water and sanitation,” McIntyre said. “Clean water is at the very core of who we are and what we do, and we see this film as a powerful educational tool for the next generation of environmental stewards.
“The health of our rivers and streams influences how Pennsylvania American Water treats water to meet safe drinking water standards for our customers,” McIntyre continued. “When our sources of drinking water have low concentrations of contaminants, we use less chemicals, energy and equipment in our treatment process, which means less cost for our customers and a healthier community overall.”
The film premieres March 20 at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, Pa. As part of this partnership, Pennsylvania American Water customers can see “Expedition Chesapeake” at Whitaker Center at a discounted rate. From March 21 through the remainder of 2019, customers can show a copy of their Pennsylvania American Water bill (print or mobile) at the Whitaker Center box office and receive $2 off all documentaries and second run films for up to four admissions.
“All of us who worked on the production of this immersive film appreciate that Pennsylvania American Water has joined with us to build awareness of the need for informed water resource management,” said Dr. Michael Hanes, president of Whitaker Center Productions. “Our film focuses on the captivating Chesapeake Bay and its 64,000 square mile watershed as a case study of the need to protect and preserve watersheds and estuaries across the country and around the world.”
In addition to this exciting new partnership, Pennsylvania American Water demonstrates its commitment to environmental sustainability across the Commonwealth through environmental and educational initiatives related to water. The company helps with local watershed clean-up efforts and offers educational programs focused on protecting sources of drinking water. Its annual Environmental Grant Program offers funding for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and groundwater supplies in local communities. Also, Pennsylvania American Water’s industry-leading source water protection program incorporates risk assessment, source water monitoring and community outreach in a continuous effort to understand and address risks to drinking water supplies.
“Expedition Chesapeake’s” producer, Whitaker Center Productions, worked with experienced educators to help develop instructional materials to provide classroom-tested innovative learning experiences for children of all ages and their families in conjunction with this film. These resources can be found at: https://www.expeditionchesapeake.org/resources.
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.4 million people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Whitaker Center Productions was established in Harrisburg, PA in 2011 and is committed to advancing science education through the production of the first-ever giant screen film about the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. Whitaker Center Productions is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors.