Illinois American Water’s Cairo District Celebrates 20 Years of Excellence in Safetyarrow

August 20, 2019

Dateline City: CAIRO, Ill. CAIRO, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water’s Cairo District is celebrating two decades of safety excellence. The local water system district has gone 20 years without experiencing any lost-time accidents. To ensure 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. The skilled workforce is also equipped with proper personal and work zone protection equipment, chemical handling requirements and training, work zone safety training, and more. Mike Brown, operations superintendent for the Cairo District, credited the local team for their focus on safety. He said, “For us, safety never takes a day off, it is a d...

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Illinois American Water Investing over $5.3 Million in Metro East Water System; Over 3.5 Miles of Water Main to Be Installedarrow

August 05, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water is investing over $5.3 million to enhance water service to customers in the Metro East. The work includes installing over 19,200 feet of water main in Belleville, East St. Louis, Granite City, Madison and Swansea. Much of the water main installed will be increased in size to increase water flow and pressure for improved water quality and fire protection. To view a map of related projects please visit http://ilaw.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=355a99476cb845e8a2e9beeb8fd7d52b. While construction is occurring motorists should use caution when driving in the construction areas and obey traffic signs, detour routes and flaggers. Karen Cooper, senior operations manager, explained the company works to replace water mains annua...

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Illinois American Water Investing Over $700,000 in Alton Water System; Over 5,500 Feet of Water Main to Be Installedarrow

July 31, 2019

Dateline City: ALTON, Ill. ALTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water is investing over $700,000 to enhance water service to Alton customers. The work includes replacing over 5,500 feet of water main with larger pipe to increase water flow and pressure for improved water quality and fire protection. Work is underway in Alton as follows: Approximately 1,000 feet of 2-inch galvanized water main will be replaced with 4- and 6-inch ductile iron pipe along Hawthorne Boulevard. Approximately 1,700 feet of 2-inch galvanized water main will be replaced with 4- and 6-inch ductile iron pipe along Sunset Avenue, Cardinal Street and Fairway Drive. Approximately 2,800 feet of 8-inch cast iron water main will be replaced with 8- and 12-inch ductile iron pipe along Chessen Lane. Motorists should use caution when driving...

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National Black Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Illinois American Water with Inclusion and Diversity Award arrow

July 29, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk was awarded the 2019 Inclusion and Diversity Award by the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) during its annual conference held last week in Atlanta, Georgia. The award is presented annually to an individual who champions inclusion and diversity within his or her company. NBCC President Harry C. Alford said, “Mr. Hauk’s focus on inclusion and diversity at American Water has played an instrumental role in increasing the company’s partnerships with minority businesses, diverse suppliers and diverse employee candidates. The National Black Chamber of Commerce was proud to present Bruce Hauk with the 2019 Inclusion and Diversity Award.” American Water sees diversity as a vital element in creating an environment wher...

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Illinois American Water Prevents Over 31,000 Tons of Treatment Byproducts From Entering Landfills Through Farmland Application Programarrow

July 25, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In 2018, Illinois American Water partnered with Illinois farmers to apply over 31,000 tons of residuals and biosolids, rather than sending them to a landfill. In total, 31,448 tons of water treatment residuals and wastewater treatment biosolids from Illinois American Water’s Champaign County, Granite City, Streator and Chicago Metro service areas were applied to agricultural fields across the state. According to Ryan Schuler, environmental compliance supervisor for Illinois American Water and manager of the residual and biosolid reuse program, the partnership is a best practice supported by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He said, “We work closely with EPA and follow strict land application guidelines, ensuring the land application not only p...

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Roger Goodson Leadership Role With Illinois American Water Expanded to Include Eastern Divisionarrow

July 16, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Roger Goodson, senior operations manager for Illinois American Water’s Western Division, will now also provide leadership in the company’s Eastern Division of the state, effective July 8, 2019. In addition to managing operations in Illinois American Water’s Peoria, Pekin and Lincoln Districts, Goodson’s expanded leadership role will include providing oversight in the Champaign County, Pontiac, Sterling and Streator Districts. Goodson joined Illinois American Water in 2011 as an operations superintendent in Pekin. In 2012, he was promoted to overseeing both Pekin and Peoria operations, and, in 2015, he became senior manager of the Western Division. Prior to joining Illinois American Water, Goodson was director of operations for a large site development company an...

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As Temperatures Rise, Illinois American Water Encourages Customers to Use Water Wisely arrow

July 12, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With temperatures rising across the state, Illinois American Water is reminding customers to use water wisely. “From keeping hydrated to playing in water sprinklers, as well as running air conditioning and watering lawns, water plays an important role in warm-weather fun and responsibilities. We are proud of the service we provide and want to be sure folks are using water wisely,” said Mike Smyth, vice president of operations. The following tips from Illinois American Water can help consumers use water more efficiently, plus identify and prevent leaks, a significant source of water waste. Water your lawn only when it needs it. An easy way to tell is to simply walk across the grass. If it springs back you don't need to water, but if you leave footprints, it’s ...

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Illinois American Water Kicks Off Inaugural Investment in the Alton Wastewater Systemarrow

July 01, 2019

Dateline City: ALTON, Ill. Over $750,000 to be invested in sanitary sewer main upgrades ALTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Less than a week after acquiring the City of Alton wastewater system, Illinois American Water is investing approximately $750,000 to improve wastewater service to customers. The work includes replacing approximately 3,200 feet of existing clay sanitary sewer mains with new 6-, 8-, and 10-inch PVC sewer lines. New concrete manholes will also be installed. Karen Cooper, Senior Manager of Field Operations and Production for Illinois American Water’s Southern Division, said this work is part of the company’s commitment to their new wastewater customers. “We’re excited to kick off this inaugural investment and demonstrate our commitment to the Alton area. We...

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Illinois American Water Acquires Alton Regional Wastewater System; Adds 23,000 Wastewater Customers to Southern Illinois Service Areaarrow

June 27, 2019

Dateline City: ALTON, Ill. ALTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk today announced the Company’s acquisition of the Alton Regional Wastewater System. The purchase adds approximately 23,000 new wastewater customers to the Company’s customer base in Southern Illinois. The system serves customers in Alton and nearby communities of Bethalto and Godfrey. The City of Alton voted in favor of the sale in April 2018. The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved the sale on June 26, 2019. The sale was completed today. “We have a long history – over 140 years – of providing quality water service to the Alton area. We look forward to continuing our commitment to Alton by also ensuring reliable wastewater service to our valued customers,” said Hauk. Alton Mayor Brant Walker said the sale of the wastew...

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Illinois American Water Investing Over $12 Million in Champaign County Water System; Over 3 Miles of Water Main to Be Installedarrow

June 27, 2019

Dateline City: URBANA, Ill. URBANA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water is investing over $12 million to enhance water service to customers in the Champaign County area. The work, which is kicking off this summer, includes making improvements to the water treatment system and installing over 16,200 feet of water main in Champaign, Urbana and Sadorus. A bulk of the main replacement work is related to relocating water mains along Wright Street and Armory Street in Champaign as a part of the City’s street reconstruction project. The company is also partnering with the City on their storm water project. Matt White, operations superintendent for the Champaign County District, says this type of partnership benefits residents. He said, “When we are able to schedule construction projects together, we are able to pool experti...

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Illinois American Water Diversity Lead Rhonda Carter Adams Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion Effortsarrow

June 26, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rhonda Carter Adams, Illinois American Water’s Diversity Lead, was recognized by Who’s Who Diversity in Color (WWDIC) in the Most Intriguing People category. WWDIC is an annual publication that documents and celebrates the achievements of all people of color in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Along with recognition at an awards ceremony in St. Louis, Mo., on June 13, an article about Adams is featured in the 2019 WWDIC magazine, alongside other nominees, detailing the path that led her to a career in supplier diversity. Prior to joining Illinois American Water in 2018, Adams was a supplier diversity manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and executive director for the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council. Her career in supplier diversity beg...

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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 – http://ilaw.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=2801bf12f380482d80e9753c14175309. According to Roger...

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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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