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

November 08, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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. Of the many entries received, Illinois American Water chose 26 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=10157097269163717 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 Without Water” event to raise awareness about the value of water service. “Th...

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Illinois American Water’s Metro East District Investing Approximately $4 Million to Replace Booster Station and Chemical Feed Systemarrow

November 05, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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 originally 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. In addition, new control valves and yard piping will be installed to improve operations. “Including this 'green' technology in our operations will e...

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Illinois American Water Acquires Village of Godfrey Wastewater System; Adds 6,200 Wastewater Customers to Southern Illinois Service Areaarrow

November 01, 2019

Dateline City: GODFREY, Ill. GODFREY, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk today announced the Company’s acquisition of the Village of Godfrey wastewater system. The purchase adds approximately 6,200 wastewater customers to the Southern Illinois service area. The system serves customers in Godfrey and nearby communities of Brighton and Fosterburg. The Village of Godfrey voted in favor of the sale in October 2018. The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved the sale for $13.55 million on Oct. 2, 2019. The sale was completed today. “We are excited to expand our services in the River Bend area where we’ve provided quality, reliable water service for over 140 years. Our team of wastewater experts are ready to serve our new customers and they are looking forward to making critical improvements to e...

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Illinois American Water Offers Cold Weather Tips arrow

October 30, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water reminds homeowners 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. “With winter weather on the way, now is the time for customers to take preventative steps to avoid frozen pipes and water meters. By following our cold weather tips, customers can help avoid damaged plumbing inside and outside the home,” said Mike Smyth, vice president of operations. Illinois American Water encourages residents to take the following precautions when temperatures are consistently at or below freezing: Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines by repairing...

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Illinois American Water Rehabilitates Dana Water Tank arrow

October 25, 2019

Dateline City: STREATOR, Ill. STREATOR, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water has completed rehabilitating the 68,000-gallon water storage tank located on Walnut Street in the Village of Dana. The investment of approximately $400,000 will extend the life of the 115-foot-tall storage tank and ensure safe drinking water for today and in the future. The steel standpipe tank which was originally constructed over a decade ago was taken out of service to complete the necessary work, which included inspection and maintenance as well as painting to the interior and exterior. Throughout the project, Illinois American Water used drone technology to oversee the work. According to John Moore, a licensed drone pilot for Illinois American Water and senior operations supervisor, the use of drone technology helps to “reduce cost and i...

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Illinois American Water Customers Urged to Participate in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019arrow

October 23, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. Disposing of unwanted medications properly can prevent misuse and abuse while protecting local water sources BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This coming Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, from 10 AM to 2 PM, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host its 18th National Drug Take Back Day in nine years. The event provides residents the opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted medications. The service which is free and anonymous helps to prevent misuse and abuse of medications while protecting local water sources. Collected medications are incinerated, which is the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended approach for pharmaceutical disposal. Flushing medications down the toilet and th...

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Illinois American Water's Ben Brockschmidt Awarded Friend of Infrastructure Awardarrow

October 16, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water Major Accounts Manager Benjamin Brockschmidt was presented with the Friend of Infrastructure Award by the Underground Contractors Association (UCA) last month. UCA President Cindy Gustafson of J.A.C.K. Contractor Services, Inc. presented the award at the UCA’s Annual Business Meeting. Prior to joining Illinois American Water, Brockschmidt worked on passing legislation to improve how the State of Illinois invests in infrastructure. With the passage and signing of a broad infrastructure package earlier this year, all of Illinois, including communities served by Illinois American Water, are able to receive funding to invest and improve infrastructure. Brockschmidt said of the legislation, “This type of investment in infrastructure like roads...

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Illinois American Water Engineer Named Central Illinois ASCE Young Civil Engineer of the Yeararrow

October 10, 2019

Dateline City: PEORIA, Ill. PEORIA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water Peoria District Sr. Project Engineer Josh Harken has been named the Young Civil Engineer of the Year by the Central Illinois Section of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The award is presented annually to a civil engineer under the age of 35 who has demonstrated leadership in public service and engineering. The award was presented at ASCE’s Central Illinois Section annual banquet on Sept. 26, 2019 in recognition of Harken’s excellent performance and demonstrated leadership potential in civil engineering; high character and professional integrity; and dedication to serving the community. Harken, who has been with Illinois American Water since 2018, is an instrumental member of the Peoria District engineering team and oversees projects in...

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Illinois American Water Awards over $88,000 in Firefighter Grantsarrow

October 04, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. Since 2010, over 590 grants totaling over $582,000 have been awarded to Illinois fire and emergency organizations in the Company’s service area. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Over $88,000 will be shared by 90 Illinois fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2019 Firefighter Grant Program. 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. “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 f...

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Illinois American Water Awards over $88,000 in Firefighter Grantsarrow

October 04, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. Since 2010, over 590 grants totaling over $582,000 have been awarded to Illinois fire and emergency organizations in the Company’s service area. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Over $88,000 will be shared by 90 Illinois fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2019 Firefighter Grant Program. 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. “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 f...

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Illinois American Water Awards over $88,000 in Firefighter Grantsarrow

October 04, 2019

Since 2010, over 590 grants totaling over $582,000 have been awarded to Illinois fire and emergency organizations in the Company’s service area. Belleville, Ill. (Oct. 4, 2019) – Over $88,000 will be shared by 90 Illinois fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2019 Firefighter Grant Program. 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. “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. Illinois American Water’s Firefighter...

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Illinois American Water’s Pekin District Investing $1.5 Million to Complete Transmission Water Main Upgradearrow

September 27, 2019

Dateline City: PEKIN, Ill. Project will enhance water service and fire protection to downtown Pekin PEKIN, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water’s Pekin District is investing approximately $1.5 million to install over 4,000 feet of 16-inch water main near the Pekin water treatment plant. The project will help increase water flow and pressure to downtown Pekin. Cord Crisler, operations superintendent for the Pekin District, explained the project is part of an overall effort to help enhance water service and fire protection in Pekin. He said, “We work closely with our local firefighters, testing and operating every hydrant in our service area. We also monitor water flow. We expect these improvements will not only improve water flow, but will also contribute to a...

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Illinois American Water Acquires Village of Glasford Water and Wastewater Systemsarrow

September 19, 2019

Dateline City: GLASFORD, Ill. GLASFORD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk today announced the Company’s acquisition of the Village of Glasford water and wastewater systems. The purchase adds approximately 492 water customers and 482 wastewater customers to the Central Illinois service area. The Village of Glasford voted in favor of the sale in August 2018. The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved the sale for $1.9 million on Sept. 18, 2019. The sale was completed today. “We have a long history – 130 years – of providing quality water service in Central Illinois. We look forward to serving our new customers in Glasford,” said Hauk. Glasford Mayor Jack Rudd, Jr. said the sale of the water and wastewater systems to Illinois American Water is, “in the Village’s best interest.” He went on t...

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Illinois American Water Announces New Director of Engineeringarrow

September 18, 2019

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Brent O’Neill has been promoted to Director of Engineering for Illinois American Water. In this role, O’Neill will manage and coordinate capital investment projects and engineering activities in Illinois. O’Neill joined Illinois American Water in 1996 as an engineer in Champaign County. Throughout the years, he held several management roles for Illinois American Water including network operations manager, senior asset manager and project manager. In May 2013, he was promoted to Director of Engineering for Kentucky American Water and Tennessee American Water, a position he held until returning to Illinois as the Director of Engineering. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Eastern Illinois University and a master’s degree in business admi...

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

September 13, 2019

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 asking Illinois teachers to bring art and science together through the company’s “Imagine a Day Without Water” student art contest. The contest is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms within the Company’s service area. 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, and often taken for granted, role drinking water plays. “While it’s hard to imagine even just one day without water, many still take this critical service for gr...

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Illinois American Water Lifts Boil Water Order for Portion of Metro East Service Areaarrow

August 30, 2019

Belleville, Ill. (Aug. 29, 2019) — Illinois American Water has lifted the boil water order to a portion of its Metro East service area. The boil order was issued Wednesday afternoon after a contractor working at the company’s Metro East water treatment plant near East St. Louis hit a 24-inch water main, causing a drop in water pressure. The boil water order has been lifted in the following communities directly served by Illinois American Water: Belleville East St. Louis Centreville Brooklyn Fairmont City Sauget Shiloh Washington Park Alorton Cahokia (from Commonfields of Cahokia PWD) Swansea Canteen Township St. Clair Township Stookey Township Smithton Township The boil water order issued by the City of O’Fallon has been lifted. The City of O’Fallon also provides water to the City of Fairview Heights. The boil water con...

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Illinois American Water Issues Boil Water Order to Portion of Metro East Service Areaarrow

August 28, 2019

Belleville, Ill. (Aug. 28, 2019) — Illinois American Water has issued a boil water order to a portion of its Metro East service area. A contractor working at the company’s Metro East water treatment plant near East St. Louis hit a 24-inch water main, causing a drop in water pressure. This boil order is being issued in accordance with Illinois EPA regulations. Anytime water pressure drops below 20 pounds per square inch in any part of a community’s distribution system, a boil order must be issued as a precaution to protect customers. Customers in the affected area should bring their water to a rolling boil for 5 minutes before using for drinking or cooking. Water is OK for bathing, washing and other common uses. The boil water order is in effect for the following communities directly served by Illinois American Water: Belleville East St. Louis Centrevi...

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Illinois American Water Announces 2019 Firefighter Grant Programarrow

August 27, 2019

Program offered to fire departments in communities served by Illinois American Water Belleville, Ill. (Aug. 16, 2019) – Illinois American Water is accepting applications for its 2019 Firefighter Grant Program. Through this program, the company provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations in its service areas. According to Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water, the Firefighter Grant Program provides another opportunity to support public safety. He said, “At American Water there’s nothing more important to us than helping to keep our communities safe and ensuring reliable water service for public health and fire protection. Our firefighter grant program allows us to give back to our local heroes.” Since 2010, Illinois American Water has awarded over $493,000 for over 500 grants to Illinois firefighters. Hauk said, “We k...

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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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