During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), we recognize, celebrate and reflect on the contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States.
Hispanic Americans are individuals who trace their ancestry from various parts of the world, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Spain, or the nations of Central or South America. National Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans. It is an opportunity for those who identify as Hispanic or Latino to embrace and honor their unique cultural traditions and history.
The Hispanic community has made a significant and positive impact on our nation by prioritizing family, faith, hard work, and service. Their long-standing traditions, stemming from their multiethnic and multicultural heritage, have helped to shape our collective identity and character over time.
September holds great significance in Latin American history, as it marks the declaration of independence from Spain by Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua in 1821. This momentous occasion is a testament to the resilience, bravery, and determination of these nations.
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, several American Water employees share their family traditions that they hope to continue passing down to future generations:
American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing® by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people with regulated operations in 14 states and on 18 military installations. American Water’s 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company’s national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes for the benefit of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders. As one of the fastest growing utilities in the U.S., American Water expects to invest $30 to $34 billion in infrastructure repairs and replacement, system resiliency and regulated acquisitions over the next 10 years. The company has a long-standing history of executing its core operations, aligned with sustainable best practices, through its commitments to safety, affordability, customer service, protecting the environment, an inclusive workforce and strengthening communities. American Water has been recognized on the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the fifth consecutive year, ranked 18th on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies 2023 List, earned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act designation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® Excellence Award, among additional state, local and national recognitions. For more information, visit amwater.com.