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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Illinois American Water Offers Cold Weather Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes and Metersarrow

January 11, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water reminds homeowners of steps to take to prevent water damage from frozen and burst pipes. Tips also address frozen water meters, which can bring costly plumbing repairs and replacement fees along with headaches and unexpected expense for homeowners. “We are facing frigid temps across the state, which can cause pipes in vulnerable areas to freeze and burst, resulting in costly damage,” said Mike Smyth, vice president of operations. “By simply running a pencil-thin stream of water overnight, customers can avoid frozen pipes and water meters.” Illinois American Water encourages residents to take the following precautions when temperatures are consistently at o...

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New Elevated Water Tower Constructed in Illinois American Water’s Metro East Service Areaarrow

January 10, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. Investment of about $6.5 million ensures reliable water service BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water’s Interurban (Metro East) District recently completed a significant investment for its Metro East service area. Approximately $6.5 million was invested to construct a 1.25 million gallon elevated water tower located at the Metro East water treatment plant. The tower will be painted during warmer spring weather. According to Karen Cooper, Sr. Manager of Field Operations and Production, the new water tower provides additional water storage and ensures adequate water pressure and supply to meet customer demand and fire protection needs. ...

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Young Artists Earn Funds for Their Schools Through Illinois American Water’s “Imagine a Day Without Water” Art Contestarrow

November 13, 2018

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Young artists across the state 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. Of the many entries received, Illinois American Water chose 19 winners, earning those classrooms a $100 donation to be used for supplies or a classroom celebration. The winning artwork can be viewed here https://www.facebook.com/pg/ilamwater/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156228171978717 on Illinois American Water’s Facebook page. Illinois American Water holds the contest in conjunction with the Value of Water Coalition’s annual “Imagine a Day With...

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Prepare Now for Frigid Weather: Illinois American Water Offers Customers Cold Weather Tipsarrow

November 08, 2018

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water reminds homeowners that now is the time to safeguard their home plumbing to prevent water damage from frozen and burst pipes. Tips also address frozen water meters, which can bring costly plumbing repairs and replacement fees along with headaches and unexpected expense for homeowners. “We want to remind customers that sub-freezing temperatures for an extended period can cause pipes in vulnerable areas to freeze and burst, resulting in costly damage,” said Mike Smyth, vice president of operations. “By taking the proper preventive steps now, customers can avoid frozen pipes and water meters and the need to make expensive repairs to damaged plumbing inside and outside...

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Illinois American Water to Flush Water Mains and Fire Hydrants in Washington Estates this weekarrow

October 30, 2018

Washington, Ill.  (Oct. 30, 2018) —Illinois American Water is beginning its annual maintenance program, which includes testing and flushing fire hydrants.  This work helps to ensure continued water quality and fire protection to homes and businesses.  Work will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 and continue through the week. Illinois American Water conducts an annual flushing program of its water distribution system to help ensure continued high-quality water service. Flushing the water system entails sending a rapid flow of water through the water mains. Fire hydrants are also checked and operated to help ensure fire protection in the community “The flushing program is designed to maintain a high quality of water in the distribution system and to inspect and operate fire hydrants to assure they are in good working order,” said Eric Larson, operatio...

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Illinois American Water Encourages Customers to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 27, 2018arrow

October 24, 2018

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. 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. The event is Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Collection sites participating in this event can be located by visiting https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html. “This event is a great opportunity for reside...

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Illinois American Water Planning for Future Investment; Offers Educational Opportunity to Lincoln College Studentsarrow

October 15, 2018

Dateline City: LINCOLN, Ill. LINCOLN, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water conducts multi-year capital planning regularly to ensure quality, reliable water service to customers. In the Lincoln service area this planning has resulted in water source testing and modeling for a new water source and possible water treatment plant. In a unique partnership, the company is offering Lincoln College environmental studies students the opportunity to shadow their team through the process. Gabe Bowden, operations superintendent for the Lincoln District said, “Continuous investment in our infrastructure is key to ensuring quality water for future generations. Continuous education is also important for shaping the future of the water industry. The planning, ...

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Illinois American Water Awards over $77,000 in Firefighter Grantsarrow

October 09, 2018

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. Since 2010, over 500 grants totaling over $494,000 have been awarded to Illinois fire and emergency organizations in the Company’s service area. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Over $77,000 will be shared by 78 Illinois fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2018 Firefighter Grant Program. Since the program was created in 2010, over 500 grants totaling over $493,000 have been awarded to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water’s service area. “We are proud to partner with our local firefighters. Illinois American Water tests and operates every fire hydrant annually. We also maintain all of the hydrants, over...

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Fisher Elevated Water Tank to Get Facelift from Illinois American Waterarrow

October 04, 2018

Dateline City: FISHER, Ill. Investment of $500,000 will ensure continued reliable water service FISHER, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water is rehabilitating the 100,000 gallon water storage tank located on Jackson Street in Fisher. The investment of approximately $500,000 will help extend the life of the storage tank, which ensures adequate water supply and pressure for drinking water and fire protection. Work will begin this week on the tank that was originally constructed in 1973. 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 comple...

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Illinois American Water’s Pontiac District to Flush Water Mains and Fire Hydrants arrow

September 28, 2018

Flushing will occur the first week of October Pontiac, Ill.  (Sept. 27, 2018) —Illinois American Water is beginning its annual maintenance program, which includes testing and flushing fire hydrants.  This work helps to ensure continued water quality and fire protection to homes and businesses.  Work will occur across the Pontiac service area the first week of October.   Illinois American Water crews will do their best to complete this work between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM whenever possible.  Some flushing may take place during normal working hours. Illinois American Water conducts an annual flushing program of its water distribution system to help ensure continued high-quality water service. Flushing the water system entails sending a rapid flow of water through the water mains. Fire hydrants are also checked and operated to help ensu...

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Illinois American Water and Village of Sadorus to Celebrate Completion of Water Quality Investmentarrow

September 24, 2018

Dateline City: SADORUS, Ill. Ribbon Cutting Planned for Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 11 AM SADORUS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water and the Village of Sadorus are celebrating the completion of a significant community water quality investment. The community is invited to attend the ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at 11 a.m. The event will be held at Sadorus Village Hall located at 115 E. Market Street in Sadorus. Less than a year after acquiring the Village of Sadorus water system, Illinois American Water began installing a three-mile pipeline to connect Sadorus to its Champaign County distribution system. This investment of approximately $1.2 million has been completed, impro...

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Illinois American Water’s Cairo District Celebrates 19 Years of Excellence in Safetyarrow

September 17, 2018

Dateline City: CAIRO, Ill. CAIRO, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Last month, Illinois American Water’s Cairo District celebrated 19 years without experiencing any lost-time accidents. To ensure continued safe work practices, employees attend both classroom and hands-on training on a regular basis. Employees also participate in facility and job site audits at every job site to ensure compliance with established workplace safety practices. “Safety is a daily focus. We continuously evaluate and remove hazards to prevent injury,” said Mike Brown, operations superintendent for Illinois American Water’s Cairo District. Illinois American Water employees work around the clock to provide critical water service to homes and businesses. To provide water for...

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Illinois American Water Offers “Imagine a Day Without Water” Student Art Contestarrow

September 17, 2018

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. Students can earn their classroom $100 while learning about the value of water service BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water is inviting 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms within the Company’s service area to participate in an “Imagine a Day Without Water” art contest. Winning students will win their classroom a $100 donation. Artwork may also be featured in a future bill insert and other Illinois American Water communication pieces. This art contest is being offered in conjunction with the Value of Water Coalition’s “Imagine a Day Without Water” event. All across the nation, events and activities will take place to highlight the important...

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