Tennessee American Water has been recognized by the Chattanooga Times Free Press Edge Magazine as a Best Places to Work in 2022. As one of the oldest businesses in Chattanooga, Tennessee American Water company processes up to 35 million gallons of treated water a day for residential and commercial use.
The company traces to 1887 when the American Water Works and Guarantee Company, the forerunner of American Water Works Company, purchased the Lookout Water Company and Mountain Springs Water Company. In 1973, the company underwent a name change, from City Water Company to Tennessee American Water Company.
Most Chattanoogans will recognize the company’s iconic billboard on Riverside Drive featuring “Phillip D. Glass” a fictional character whose name is a play on the words “fill up the glass.” The company serves 380,000 customers in the region. In the last decade, Tennessee American has invested more than $197 million in water-related infrastructure.
Employees report that they love working at Tennessee American Water for a variety of reasons including responsiveness to their concerns, good communications and a commitment to charities.
Tennessee American Water has a comprehensive safety program where concerns are reviewed immediately and action is taken within 30 days. All levels of management have an open-door communication policy. The company also has a charitable foundation that pays employees $20 an hour for volunteer work done outside the business.
“At Tennessee American Water, we care about what we do and for each other, valuing the unique and diverse talents each team member provides. Safety is both a company strategy and a value, and is embedded in all we do. It provides the foundation for a workplace where our employees feel supported and their contributions to providing clean, safe, reliable water service are recognized,” said Grant Evitts, president of Tennessee American Water.