Investing In Our Communities
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) estimates that approximately $277 billion of capital spending will be needed between 2003 and 2022 to replace aging water infrastructure and comply with stricter water quality standards, and the USEPA estimates that approximately $388 billion will be needed between 2000 and 2019 to replace aging wastewater infrastructure. We intend to invest capital prudently to enable us to continue to provide essential services to our regulated water and wastewater utility customers. Investing in our infrastructure is critical to our mission of serving our customers quality and reliable water and wastewater service.
We have a strong and ongoing commitment to investing in infrastructure and keeping it updated and we are committed to delivering excellent service that our customers depend upon at an exceptional value. Tap water costs about a penny a gallon - a remarkable value compared to any other utilities today. With few exceptions, water service remains the lowest utility bill that a household will pay.
In fact, in Illinois alone, we have invested over $238 million since 2000 to improve service to our customers. Every year, we deliver system improvements to the communities we serve – from extending water mains to replacing meters and hydrants to upgrading plant equipment.
Water Works - An update on water utility infrastructrure
Welcome to the first edition of the Illinois American Water Water Works newsletter, a bi-annual brief designed to provide community leaders with key information regarding our region’s water infrastructure and its vital role in job creation and retention. In this edition, you will find summaries of current water infrastructure investment projects and examples of Illinois American Water community development efforts.