Essential Utilities Social Commitment

Social responsibility – for life.

Essential, through Aqua and Peoples, has more than 250 years of combined experience in operating sustainably and responsibly. In fact, our commitment to socially responsible operations is rooted in our mission to provide natural resources for life.

Our responsibility starts with the fundamental processes and procedures we have in place to deliver safe and reliable water, wastewater and natural gas services. At Essential, we constantly strive to innovate and improve our processes and infrastructure in order to actively contribute to a cleaner environment.

In addition, Essential remains committed to rebuilding our nation’s aging infrastructure through critical investments, significantly reducing the release of natural gas into the atmosphere and preventing water loss and waste from leaking pipes. And we ensure treated wastewater goes back into rivers and streams cleaner than when we took it into our water plants. These efforts ensure continued reliability for our customers and allow communities to thrive economically. 

Essential also prioritizes efforts to be engaged in the communities in which we operate. Whether through our corporate giving and volunteerism programs, or our work to preserve local waterways, environments and natural habitats, Essential is deeply entrenched in our communities throughout our 10-state footprint. Each year, the Essential team makes a lasting impact by providing thousands of hours of volunteer service to charitable organizations and non-profits. The value of giving back is core to who we are as a company and, as a team of more than 3,000 dedicated men and women.

In 2022, Essential launched Essential Earth Day, a month-long, corporate volunteer and charitable donation effort to celebrate Earth Day and highlight the company’s year-round commitment to environmental stewardship. Essential’s Earth Day activities included 35 environmental volunteer events, which resulted in approximately 2,000 employee volunteer hours in the communities Essential serves; educational events for employees and customers; and nearly $600,000 in charitable donations 28 environmental nonprofit organizations.

Click here to learn more about the Environmental, Social and Governance efforts at Essential.