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Local Colleges and Universities Compete in Pennsylvania American Water’s "UTap Challenge" on Social Media


Colleges and universities from across the commonwealth hope people “Like” them on Facebook to win a new, convenient device for filling reusable bottles with cool refreshing water. Eight schools in Pennsylvania American Water’s service area are competing in the “UTap Challenge,” a Facebook contest that will award the top vote-getter with an Elkay water fountain bottle filler to help cut down on plastic bottled water waste.

Facebook users can vote once each day between October 7 and October 31, for their favorite college or university.  From Pennsylvania American Water’s Facebook page at, users can click “Vote” to see a list of participating schools and short descriptions of where on campus their bottle fillers will be installed, if awarded.

“Students are looking for an inexpensive and convenient way to fill water bottles on the go rather than generating waste and spending a lot of money on bottled water,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy L. Pape. “The UTap Challenge will offset the cost of installing a water fountain bottle filler on the winner’s campus, which benefits students, faculty and staff as well as the environment.”

Participating schools are:

  • California University - Washington County
  • Clarion University - Clarion County
  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • Lebanon Valley College - Lebanon County
  • Lackawanna College - Lackawanna County
  • Montgomery County Community College
  • University of Scranton - Lackawanna County
  • Washington & Jefferson College - Washington County

The top vote-getting grant winner will be announced in early November.

Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.1 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting


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