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Pa. American Water gets grant to buy CNG vehicles

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Dauphin County-based Pennsylvania American Water is using state grant money funded by Marcellus Shale drillers to buy more compressed-natural-gas vehicles in Northeast Pennsylvania.

The company will receive a $315,000 grant to buy 18 new utility trucks that use CNG fuel. The vehicles will be based at the company's operations in Scranton.

The Natural Gas Vehicle grant, created through Act 13 specifically to help businesses and organizations convert their fleets to natural gas, came through a partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Coalition, which serves 34 counties in Eastern Pennsylvania and works with vehicle fleets, fuel providers, community leaders and others to implement alternative-fuel use in transportation.

"By growing our fleet of CNG and bi-fuel pickup and utility trucks across the state, we are able to achieve operational savings through lower fuel costs while decreasing our environmental impact and carbon footprint," President Kathy L. Pape said in a news release. "The Act 13 grant, thanks to our partnership with Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities, allows us to expand these benefits even further into northeast Pennsylvania."

Pennsylvania American Water has CNG-powered fleets in Norristown, Royersford, Coatesville, Bangor, Clarion and Punxsutawney. In 2013, the company launched a pilot with four CNG-powered Ford F-250 trucks in Punxsutawney and Coatesville.

Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the largest water utility in the country, providing 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 about 6,600 to provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40 states and parts of Canada.

The company trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker AWK.

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