illinois american water News Drop

December, 2019


Metro East District Investing $4 Million to Replace Booster Station and Chemical Feed System

Illinois American Water is constructing a new booster station and chemical feed system in its Metro East service area. The investment of approximately $4 million will help ensure quality drinking water and reliable water pressure for water service and fire protection.

The project, which is kicking off this month, includes replacing an existing booster station that was built in the late 1940s. The new booster station will use variable frequency drive (VFD) motors. This type of motor uses energy-saving technology to vary the pumping output to match current demands, rather than pumping at one constant speed. New control valves and yard piping will also be installed to improve operations.

Cooper adds that the new chemical feed equipment will help ensure stable disinfection for enhanced water quality to customers. This project is part of Illinois American Water’s efforts to continuously invest in aging infrastructure. Last year the company completed an approximately $6.5 million investment for a 1.25 million gallon elevated water tower. In 2017, an approximately $12 million investment at the Metro East water treatment plant located near East St. Louis was completed to upgrade electrical and SCADA monitoring systems as well as install a grit removal system for water quality. The grit removal system has reduced the plant’s chemical usage and maintenance.

“There have been many upgrades over the years to ensure reliable, safe water service to our valued Metro East customers. We are proud of our continued commitment to prudent and proactive investment,” said Cooper. The Metro East water treatment facility located near East St. Louis is an award-winning member of the Partnership for Safe Water. This national recognition is given to fewer than 150 water treatment plants in the U.S. The Partnership is a national voluntary initiative developed by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other water organizations to recognize water suppliers that consistently achieve water treatment standards that go above and beyond EPA regulatory requirements. As a member of the program, water utilities pledge to continually improve their treatment operations and undergo a rigorous four-phase self-assessment and peer-review process.


Local Chambers of Commerce Recognized

ILAW Awarding Savoy Fire DepartmentIn early November, two of our local chambers of commerce were recognized at the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE) meeting in Champaign, IL.

The Sauk Valley Area Chamber, led by Kris Noble, executive director, was awarded Outstanding Chamber of the Year for 2019. This award recognizes organization excellence in chambers of commerce and provides a unique benchmarking opportunity to assess a chamber’s strengths. The award is based on the US Chamber of Commerce accreditation process for local chambers and highlights accomplishments in the areas of leadership/governance, finance, advocacy and membership development.

Bill Fleming, executive director of the Pekin Area Chamber was also recognized as an outgoing IACCE Board Member. Bill served on the IACCE board for several years including as chair in 2018.

2019 Firefighter Grants

ILAW Awarding Savoy Fire Department Over the last few months, numerous Illinois American Water employees have been awarding more than $88,000 to 90 Illinois fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2019 Firefighter Grant Program. These awards were first announced during National Fire Prevention Week in October to help raise awareness about the importance of fire prevention and emergency planning.

“We know the critical role water plays in protecting homes and businesses; we also know resources for our local heroes often run short. The Illinois American Water firefighter grant program was created to help bridge the gap and support our local firefighters,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water president.

Recipient fire departments use these awards for a variety of things. The program awards grants to provide personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training materials and classroom programs, bringing safety messages to the residents they protect. “Every community is different, and each fire department has its own focus,” said Hauk. We’re proud to provide these grants to assist these departments and communities.“

Since the program was created in 2010, over 590 grants totaling over $582,000 have been awarded to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water’s service area. In addition to the Firefighter Grant Program, Illinois American Water partners with local firefighters on a daily basis. As a private water utility, we’re required to annually test and operate every one of our over 29,000 thousands of fire hydrants across the state.

Northern Illinois
Des Plaines Fire Department
Elmhurst Fire Department
Elgin Fire Department
Homer Township Fire Protection District
Lemont Fire Protection District
Lisle-Woodridge Fire District
Lombard Fire Department
Mount Prospect Fire Department
Northwest Homer Fire Protection District
Orland Fire Protection District
Oswego Fire Protection District
Plainfield Fire Protection District
Prospect Heights Fire Protection District
Rockton Fire Protection District
Romeoville Fire Department
Warrenville Fire Protection District
South Beloit Fire & Rescue
Sterling Fire Department
Allen Township Fire Protection District
Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department
Leonore Volunteer Fire Department
Long Point Community Volunteer Fire Protection District
Streator Fire Department

Central Illinois
Arcola Fire Department
Carroll Fire Protection District
Champaign Fire Department
Eastern Prairie Fire Protection District
Edge-Scott Fire Protection District
Sangamon Valley Fire Protection District (Village of Fisher)
Pesotum Fire Protection District
Sadorus Fire Protection District
Savoy Fire Department
Sidney Fire Protection District
St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Department
Tolono Fire Protection District
Tuscola Fire Department
U of I Willard Airport Fire Department
Urbana Fire Department
Lincoln Fire Department
Lincoln Rural Fire Department
Cincinnati Fire Protection District
City of Pekin Fire Department
North Pekin Fire Department
Bartonville Fire Department
Farmington Fire Protection District
Chillicothe Community Fire Protection District
Limestone Township Fire Protection District
Timber-Hollis Fire Protection District
Logan Trivoli Fire Protection District
Peoria Fire Department
Dunlap Fire Protection District
Washington Fire Department
West Peoria Fire Protection District
Pontiac Fire Department
Saunemin Fire Protection District

Southern Illinois
City of Alton Fire Department
Cottage Hills Fire Protection District
Godfrey Fire Protection District
QEM Fire Protection District
Cairo Fire Department
Belleville Fire Department
Brooklyn Fire Protection District
Cahokia Volunteer Fire Department
Church Road Fire Protection District
Columbia Fire Department
East Side Fire Protection District
East St. Louis Fire Department
Fairmont City Fire Department
Fairview Caseyville Township Fire Protection District
French Village Fire Department
Granite City Fire Department
Hamel Volunteer Fire Department
Holiday Shores Fire Department
Long Lake Fire Department
Madison Fire Department
Mascoutah Fire Department
Midway Fire Protection District
Millstadt Union Fire Department
Mitchell Fire Department
Northwest Fire Protection District
Pocahontas - Old Ripley Fire Department
Sauget Fire Department
Signal Hill Fire Department
St. Clair Special Emergency Services
Swansea Fire Department
Villa Hills Fire Department
Venice Fire Department
Washington Park Fire Department
Worden Fire Department

Imagine a Day Without Water

Young Illinois artists recently participated in Illinois American Water’s annual “Imagine a Day Without Water art contest.” Entries from 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students depicted what a day without water meant to them and included a related phrase. Illinois American Water chose 26 winners, earning those classrooms a $100 donation to be used for supplies or a classroom celebration.

“This art contest helps us educate about water service in a creative way, bringing together both art and science,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President. “Though it’s hard to imagine even just one day without water, our young customers, when posed with the question of what a day without water would mean to them, truly understand the impact to fire protection, sanitary services, plants, animals and more.”

Illinois American Water hold the contest in conjunction with the Value of Water Coalition’s annual “Imagine a Day Without Water” event to raise awareness about the value of water service and was one of over 1,200 participating organizations this year.

“We want to thank our local educators for taking time to talk to their students about the value of water,” Hauk said. “Our team was impressed with the number and quality of entries received from across the state.”

The winning artwork can be viewed here at Illinois American Water’s Facebook page.

Peoria Employees Deliver Gifts to Young Patients

Four years ago Dan Barrett, Field Service Representative in the Peoria District, started the Illinois American Water toy drive. Through employee donations, the company provides toys to OSF Healthcare Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Members of the Illinois American Water team personally visit with patients and deliver toys in December.

Barrett said, “We are so blessed to have the Children’s Hospital of Illinois right here in Peoria. And while I am grateful my son is healthy, I know if we ever needed care for him he would have the best of the best. I just wanted to pay it forward to these parents and their children as they are going through so much. A hospital stay is never fun, but for a child at Christmas, it has to be really hard. So if we can improve that at all and bring a smile to a child’s face, then we’ve made a difference.”

Since the event began it has grown each year. OSF Healthcare special events coordinator Dee Gaines said, “I always look forward to the water company visiting. They not only provide a wonderful donation, but they take time to talk to the patients and connect with them. Illinois American Water is a great partner.”

To see more photos from the visit click here