Arizona American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water, is one of the largest investor-owned water utilities in Arizona. The company serves more than 300,000 people. Founded in 1886, the parent company, American Water, has a staff of over 7,000 employees. American Water offers drinking water, wastewater and other related services to people in nearly 30 U.S. states and in Canada. The parent company is a recipient of several awards, including MarCom Awards and American Water's Customer Communications Awards. American Water operates more than 15 subsidiaries, such as Tennessee American Water, Texas American Water, Virginia American Water and West Virginia American Water. The parent company supports Water for People, which is an international nongovernmental organization that uses water as a catalyst for change in communities throughout the world that lack access to drinking water, basic sanitation and hygiene education.