Treatment plant secure; Drinking water continues to meet all quality standards
DAVENPORT, IOWA (May 1, 2019) As the Mississippi River crests to one of the highest levels on record, residents in the Iowa Quad Cities served by Iowa American Water can have absolute confidence that their drinking water continues to meet all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Safe Drinking Water Act standards and regulations.
Despite the flooding that is occurring in the Quad Cities, Iowa American Water’s treatment plant along the bank of the Mississippi River is secure and protected by the permanent floodwall that was constructed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers.
“We want to stress to our customers that their drinking water continues to meet all U.S. EPA standards for safety. As we always do, we will continue to take all safety precautions necessary to protect our water treatment facility as well as water quality to assure our customers the reliable, high quality water service they expect and deserve from us. Our water professionals continuously monitor the quality of the water as it travels through our plant and adjust our treatment processes accordingly,” said Randy Moore, president of Iowa American Water.
Moore noted that Iowa American Water continually monitors water quality—sampling the Mississippi River water and the water as it passes through the various stages of the treatment process. Based on the results of testing, the company can assure its customers that the water is clean and safe.
The 2,200-ft long floodwall was completed in October 2013. The $11.8 million project is an example of a successful public/private partnership. Iowa American Water partnered with the Corps of Engineers and the City of Davenport. The floodwall protects the water treatment plant to a river stage of 31.4 feet. The previous flood of record in the Quad Cities was in July 1993 when the river state reached 22.63 feet.
“Protecting our customers’ drinking water supply is the number one priority at Iowa American Water, and the new floodwall safeguards the drinking water supply of over 130,000 residents in the Iowa Quad Cities. It’s business as usual at our customers’ taps because we’re going the extra mile on our end,” Moore added.
Iowa American Water’s Clinton District is served by seven deep wells and is unaffected by the current flooding.
Iowa American Water Iowa American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 212,000 people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.