Company Officials Meet With Governor
United Water Pennsylvania was invited to a recent Team Pennsylvania Foundation event with Governor Tom Corbett. Mid Atlantic Region Vice President John Hollenbach, at right, and United Water Pennsylvania Public Affairs Manager Bob Manbeck, at left, discussed private public partnerships with the governor. The company's environmental services business contracts with municipalities interested in such partnerships. Benefits include technological innovations resulting in enhanced operational efficiencies and job creation.
Photo courtesy of Team Pennsylvania Foundation
Improving the Quality of Life, Following Unprecented Flooding in Columbia County
United Water Pennsylvania was featured in CATALYST magazine published by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. Click here to view flood-recovery article that profiles how United Water assisted with flood relief.
United Water Foundation Contributes $10,000 to County Conservation District for Land Preservation
The Columbia County Conservation District is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the United Water Foundation that will assist with the purchase of additional land for the purpose of expanding Kocher Park in Scott Township. The expansion will provide an additional 51 acres of open space along Fishing Creek that will enhance ecological, recreational and stream access to the public. It will also protect the environment and provide for access to a variety of habitats.
"We are appreciative for the support provided to the Kocher Park Land Acquisition Fund by the United Water Foundation," said Maryruth Wagner, Columbia County Conservation District Manager. "This land acquisition supports the district's mission for sustainable use of our shared natural resources in order to assure the best quality of life for future generations throughout the county."
According to Wagner, the grant from the United Water Foundation helped the group meet stipulations associated with a grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. She said the park expansion will increase access to Fishing Creek by nearly 4,300 feet and add public access to approximately 3,000 feet of Stony Brook, an exceptional value stream. The district plans to close on the properly early this year.
Fishing Creek is United Water Pennsylvania's primary source of water supply for its customers in Bloomsburg and surrounding communities. The company will build a new water treatment facility across from the current plant complex at an estimated cost of $20 million. Construction is planned for late 2014 after permits are secured and design plans are approved by state and local officials.
"it is pleasing to know that the park expansion will provide for additional recreational opportunities for Columbia County residents," said John Hollenbach, Vice President and General Manager of United Water Pennsylvania. "We are appreciative to the Conservation District for emphasizing the sustainable use of shared natural resources."
The United Water Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that provides contributions to qualifying nonprofit entities that meet established criteria relating to educational, environmental and health and humanities purposes. The foundation's primary mission is to encourage innovative programs in these areas and improve the quality of life in the communities served by the company.