Founded in 1886 as the American Water Works & Guarantee Company, American Water has been serving customers and communities for more than 121 years. It is one of the largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility companies in the United States. With a staff of more than 7,000 employees, American Water manages the distribution of water and irrigation systems from various sources to approximately 16 million people in 35 U.S. states as well as Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. The company has a vast network of treatment plants, pumping stations, storage facilities, laboratories, research facilities, along with 45,000 miles of pipelines. It serves residential homes and businesses, and performs non-regulated contract operations for municipalities that own their utility systems.