Illinois American Water Investing over $1.8 million in City of Farmington Water Systemarrow

June 24, 2019

Dateline City: FARMINGTON, Ill.   FARMINGTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water is investing over $1.8 million to enhance water service to the City of Farmington. The work, which kicked off this spring, includes making improvements to the water treatment system and replacing over a mile of water main. Over 6,600 feet of water main will be upgraded from 4-inch and 6-inch water main to 8-inch and 10-inch water main. This investment will increase water flow and pressure to the north side of Farmington for improved water quality and fire protection. New fire hydrants and valves will also be installed. Residents located along the water main replacement route will receive a letter informing them of the work and critical information. According to Roger Goodson, s...

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Over $9.5 Million to Be Invested in Peoria Area Water System; Illinois American Water Is Installing Over 34,000 Feet of Water Main and Rehabilitating Two Water Tanks arrow

June 21, 2019

Dateline City: PEORIA, Ill. Customers in areas of water main work encouraged to sign up for notifications PEORIA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water is investing over $9.5 million in the Peoria area water system. Over $8.5 million of the investment is focused on the water distribution system. Another $1 million will support upgrading two water tanks at the water treatment plant. WATER MAIN REPLACEMENTS Planned water main replacements include replacing and installing over 6.6 miles of water main across the Peoria District. A map of the proposed work which will take place in Peoria, Bartonville, Farmington and surrounding areas can be viewed here – https://tinyurl.com/PeoriaWaterMainProjects. According to Roger Goodson, senior manager of field operations...

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Illinois American Water Investing Approximately $400,000 for Dana Water Tank Faceliftarrow

June 06, 2019

Dateline City: STREATOR, Ill. STREATOR, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water is rehabilitating the 68,000 gallon water storage tank located on Walnut Street in the Village of Dana. The investment of approximately $400,000 will help extend the life of the 115-foot-tall storage tank and ensure safe drinking water for today and in the future. Work will kick off this month on the steel standpipe tank which was originally constructed over a decade ago. The tank will be taken out of service to complete the necessary work, which includes inspection and maintenance as well as painting to the interior and exterior. Tank painting will be completed under a canvas shroud to ensure debris and paint does not escape. The old paint will be sandblasted off and ...

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Illinois American Water Investing Approximately $650,000 at Pontiac Water Treatment Plantarrow

June 05, 2019

Dateline City: PONTIAC, Ill. PONTIAC, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water is investing approximately $650,000 to enhance water service. The project includes a facelift to one of four water treatment tanks, rehabilitation of six filters and installation of a new generator. This work will enhance water service, water pressure and fire protection to Pontiac area customers. Work on the water treatment tank, which was completed this spring, included an inspection and maintenance as well as painting to the interior and exterior. According to Corey Robinson, operations superintendent, this investment enhances reliability and longevity of the tank. Additional work at the water treatment plant includes restoring six filters and installi...

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Illinois American Water Engineer Chosen for Water Environment Federation’s Water Leadership Institutearrow

May 16, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water’s Padma Paan is one of only 54 individuals accepted into the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Water Leadership Institute (WLI). The intensive program was developed by WEF for emerging water industry leaders from across the world, allowing them to engage in management training and leadership development. WEF and its global network of 35,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations provide water quality professionals around the world with the latest in water quality education, training and business opportunities. WEF uses this collective knowledge to further a shared goal of improving water quality around the world. The WLI curriculum will be deli...

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Illinois American Water Highlights Water Quality Reports During National Drinking Water Weekarrow

May 09, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. First-ever national study highlights benefit of private water utilities for water quality compliance BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--During National Drinking Water Week (May 5 -11), Illinois American Water is announcing the 2018 Water Quality Reports and highlighting the company’s water quality track record. Also known as the Consumer Confidence Report, the water quality report describes local drinking water source information and test results, including all substances detected in the water and their levels. Customers can search for their local water quality report by zip code on the company’s website at www.illinoisamwater.com under Water Quality. The rep...

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Illinois American Water Lifts Conservation Measures in Metro Eastarrow

May 09, 2019

Belleville, Ill. (May 9, 2019) — Illinois American Water has lifted the water conservation measures requested of Metro East customers beginning Sunday, May 5, 2019. Water use is not restricted. During the conservation order, Illinois American Water crews worked around the clock to make repairs to infrastructure impacted by flood waters. On Sunday, May 5, a levee south of Illinois American Water’s facility on Chouteau Island broke and flood waters overtook critical infrastructure. According to Karen Cooper, senior manager of field operations and production for Illinois American Water’s Southern division, the local water team responded quickly to prevent an interruption in water service to the over 90,000 metered customers in the Metro East service area and the sale-for-resale communities served by Illinois American Water. “Our goal was to continue to provide ...

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Illinois American Water Invests $1 Million to Upgrade Grand Boulevard Booster Station in Peoriaarrow

May 08, 2019

Dateline City: PEORIA, Ill. PEORIA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water’s Peoria District is investing approximately $1 million to upgrade the Grand Boulevard booster station in Peoria. The high service station ensures reliable water service to customers and adequate water pressure for fire protection. Work is currently underway at the booster station to upgrade electrical equipment as well as install new motors and starters. The three high service pumps at the station will be rehabilitated to operate via variable frequency drive (VFD) motors which use energy-saving technology to vary the pumping output to match current demands, rather than one constant speed. “This technology will save on energy use and cost, reducing our envi...

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Illinois American Water Impacted by Flooding; Mandatory Conservation Measures Required of Metro East Customersarrow

May 06, 2019

Belleville, Ill. (May 5, 2019) — Due to the impact of flooding on Illinois American Water’s Metro East operations, customers are being directed to conserve water use. Customers should restrict all non-essential water use until further notice and refrain from non-critical water use like running sprinklers, dishwashers and washing machines at this time. Customers are also asked to avoid filling bathtubs if at all possible and to use showers instead. According to Karen Cooper, senior manager of field operations and production for Illinois American Water’s Southern division, a levee broke south of Illinois American Water’s Chouteau Island intake facility. The incident, which occurred near Granite City, caused damage to the facility’s infrastructure. She said, “Our team reacted quickly and is working to complete critical repairs. While this work is co...

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Over $500,000 in Water Tank Improvements in Fisher Completed by Illinois American Waterarrow

April 30, 2019

Dateline City: FISHER, Ill. Community landmark plays a vital role in water service and community pride FISHER, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water has completed rehabilitating the 100,000 gallon water storage tank located on Jackson Street in Fisher. The investment of approximately $500,000 helps to extend the life of the storage tank, ensuring adequate water supply and water pressure for drinking water and fire protection. As a part of this project, critical maintenance was performed on the tank. Painting of the interior and exterior was also completed. The tank, which was originally constructed in 1973, will be placed back in service this week. According to Bria...

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Illinois American Water Encourages Customers to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27, 2019arrow

April 24, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water encourages customers to participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this coming Saturday, April 27, 2019. Residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted medications at approved collection sites so they can be incinerated, which is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended approach for pharmaceutical disposal. Flushing medications down the toilet and throwing them in the trash are discouraged. Participating Illinois collection sites can be located here - https://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/NTBI/NTBI-PUB.pub;jsessionid=7839CCC1F389EAE5AD59EB76AC72C62E?_flowExecutionKey=_c4CFAD6A8-685A-C3EC-6A8A-A671985B883B_k9BCEA45C-DD69...

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Illinois American Water Celebrates Earth Day by Announcing 2019 Environmental Grant Recipients and Projectsarrow

April 22, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. $24,952 Awarded for Water Source Protection Projects BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water is celebrating Earth Day by announcing environmental grants for 10 watershed initiatives across the state. The environmental grant recipients will receive a share of funds totaling $24,952 for community projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds. According to Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President, including the 2019 commitment, more than $222,000 will have been contributed to 66 projects dedicated to water protection since 2009. He said, “At Illinois American Water, Earth Day is every day. Our team works hard to not only provide cl...

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Illinois American Water Water Quality Expert Lori Stenzel Recognized with ISAWWA Outstanding Woman in Water Awardarrow

April 08, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lori Stenzel, senior water quality and environmental compliance specialist for Illinois American Water, was awarded the 2019 Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association (ISAWWA) Women in Water Outstanding Woman award (WiWOW). The award was presented at ISAWWA’s annual conference, WATERCON, in March. This award was created to honor an individual making significant contribution to the advancement of women in the water industry. Recipients of the WiWOW award are recognized for achievement in female leadership; demonstrating significant impact in the water industry; advancement of the Women in Water committee’s mission; inspiring participation of women in the industry; and commun...

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Illinois American Water Encourages Customers to Fix Leaks and Prevent Water Waste During Fix a Leak Weekarrow

March 18, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water is leveraging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Fix a Leak Week to help decrease water waste. The annual Fix a Leak Week campaign, organized by the EPA’s WaterSense program, will be observed this week, March 18-24. The national campaign helps to raise awareness about small leaks and other water issues that may waste water within homes and businesses. “For Illinois American Water, this week is about empowering our customers to use water wisely,” said Mike Smyth, vice president of operations. “That drip in the downstairs utility sink can mean thousands of gallons of water lost in a year. If each customer does their part, a huge impact can be made to...

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Illinois Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Grades Reported by American Society of Civil Engineers; Billions in Infrastructure Investment Needed for Public Healtharrow

February 27, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. Illinois American Water invested about $122 million in 2018 to install or rehabilitate more than 42 miles of water and sewer main BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Illinois Section of American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) latest Report Card for Illinois’ infrastructure rates the state’s water and wastewater systems each with a C- grade. According to The Report Card, infrastructure is graded based on eight criteria: capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience and innovation. The C- grades for water and wastewater systems falls between C and D ratings which are defined respectively as mediocre, requiring a...

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Illinois American Water’s Champaign County District Wins Regional Water Taste Testarrow

February 25, 2019

Dateline City: CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Local Water Team to Compete in State Water Taste Test CHAMPAIGN, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water’s Champaign County District is heading to a state drinking water competition after placing first place in a regional water taste test. Each year the 15-County Water Supply Operators Association holds a regional drinking water competition. Illinois American Water’s Champaign County Mattis Water Treatment Plant’s water sample was this year’s winning entry. Water samples were judged on taste, odor and clarity. Champaign County’s local water service team will represent the region in a statewide taste test competition at the Illinois Section of American Water Wo...

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Illinois American Water Invested over $122 Million in 2018 to Upgrade Critical Water and Wastewater Infrastructurearrow

February 06, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water invested over $122 million in water and wastewater upgrades in 2018. The 2018 construction season included installing approximately 198,000 feet (more than 38 miles) of water main and approximately 3,700 feet of sewer main as well as lining approximately 3,200 feet of water main and about 21,100 feet of sewer main. Illinois American Water also upgraded water treatment processes, equipment, security and technology to comply with drinking water standards and enhance system reliability and resilience. In addition, hundreds of fire hydrants and water meters were installed or replaced across the state. According to Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water Pre...

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Illinois American Water Encourages Customers to Prepare for Cold Weatherarrow

January 29, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. Customers are also encouraged to ensure their contact information is accurate should they need to be contacted during a water service emergency BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water reminds homeowners of steps to take to prevent water damage from frozen and burst pipes. Customers are also encouraged to ensure their contact information is accurate to receive important water service information should weather impact water service. According to Mike Smyth, vice president of operations, Illinois American Water has invested in water main replacements across the state to decrease main breaks, but weather can still be a factor. He said, “Every yea...

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Illinois American Water's Streator District Celebrates over 10 Years of Excellence in Safetyarrow

January 24, 2019

Dateline City: STREATOR, Ill. STREATOR, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water’s Streator District is celebrating over a decade without experiencing any lost-time accidents. According to Operations Superintendent Jon Mase, the Streator District’s excellent safety record is a result of daily focus and commitment. Illinois American Water employees work around the clock to provide critical water and/or wastewater service to homes and businesses. To provide these critical services for public health, fire protection and household uses, employees may need to work in confined spaces, among motorists and in extreme weather. Employees may also handle chemicals, conduct excavation and operate equipment. Mase said, “Safety is on our minds every min...

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Illinois American Water to Accept Applications for 2019 Environmental Grant Programarrow

January 16, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The application process is now open for Illinois American Water’s 2019 Environmental Grant Program. The program supports innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds through partnerships. Diverse activities like watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects, wellhead protection initiatives, hazardous waste collection efforts and water protection education efforts are examples of projects that could be supported through grants of up to $10,000. "Our commitment to protecting the environment runs deep and we’re proud to support the efforts of local organizations that share our vision....

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