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://tinyurl.com/y7gjbbbg 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 v...

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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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Illinois American Water to Flush Water Mains and Fire Hydrants in Cairo; Flushing will occur throughout the system for the next two weeksarrow

September 13, 2018

Cairo, Ill.  (Sept. 13, 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 Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 and continue for two weeks. 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 not only to maintain a high quality of water in the Cairo distribution system, but to inspect and operate fire hydrants to assure they are in good working order as well,” said Mike B...

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Illinois American Water Flushing Fire Hydrants and Water Mains to Ensure Water Quality and Fire Protectionarrow

September 04, 2018

Annual maintenance program to occur in Lincoln, Sterling and Streator service areas   This month Illinois American Water crews will be flushing water mains and fire hydrants in the Lincoln, Sterling and Streator service areas.  This work is part of the company’s annual maintenance program to help ensure continued high-quality water service and fire protection to homes and businesses.  In Lincoln and Streator, the work will continue throughout September. In Sterling, work will occur through October. According to Mike Smyth, vice president of operations, flushing the water system entails sending a rapid flow of water through the water mains and fire hydrants. Fire hydrants are also checked and operated to support fire protection in the community No interruptions in water service will occur as a result of the work. Illinois American Water advises that when cre...

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Peoria GreenSplash Ribbon Cutting and Celebration Scheduledarrow

August 30, 2018

Dateline City: PEORIA, Ill. First Splash Pad in Peoria to Be Completed for September 12 th Ceremony PEORIA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A ribbon cutting and community celebration for Peoria GreenSplash is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the northwest corner of the intersection of S. Griswold Street and S. Friedan Street in Peoria. This project was funded through a $150,000 Building Better Communities grant from the American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Mayor Ardis stated, “Peoria GreenSplash is going to be a destination not only for recreation, but also education. This splash pad is truly ...

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Illinois American Water to Conduct Fire Hydrant Flushing and Treatment Changearrow

August 23, 2018

Alton, Ill.  (Aug. 23, 2018) — Next week, Illinois American Water will begin its an annual maintenance program, which includes testing and flushing fire hydrants in addition to a temporary change in water treatment.  This work helps to ensure continued water quality and fire protection to homes and businesses; it will occur across Alton and the surrounding area for the next month. While Illinois American Water crews are testing and flushing fire hydrants, customers may experience a slight drop in water pressure or draw some discolored water for a short period of time. If discolored water occurs, it is recommended that customers refrain from doing laundry and let their cold water run briefly; the water should clear up on its own.  In addition to the hydrant maintenance and flushing, Illinois American Water’s water quality team will be switching treatment t...

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Illinois American Water to Conduct Fire Hydrant Flushing and Treatment Changearrow

August 21, 2018

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week, Illinois American Water will begin its an annual maintenance program, which includes testing and flushing fire hydrants in addition to a temporary change in water treatment. This work helps to ensure continued water quality and fire protection to homes and businesses; it will occur across the Metro East water distribution system for the next two months. While Illinois American Water crews are testing and flushing fire hydrants, customers may experience a slight drop in water pressure or draw some discolored water for a short period of time. If discolored water occurs, it is recommended that customers refrain from doing laundry and let their cold water run briefly; the water sho...

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Illinois American Water Recognized Nationally for Water Qualityarrow

August 16, 2018

Dateline City: BELLEVILLE, Ill. Alton, Cairo and East St. Louis Water Treatment Plants Honored with Partnership for Safe Water 15-Year Director Award BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water’s Alton, Cairo and East St. Louis Water Treatment Plants and their water quality teams earned the Directors Award of Recognition from the Partnership for Safe Water for maintaining Phase III certification for 15 years. The awards, which honor the efforts in continuously optimizing treatment plant and distribution system operation and performance, were presented during the 2018 American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference. The Partnership is a voluntary initiative developed b...

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Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Illinois American Waterarrow

August 14, 2018

President Bruce Hauk Presented Corporate Leadership Award at Annual Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce Convention Belleville, Ill. (Aug. 10, 2018) – Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk was awarded the Corporate Leadership Award by the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce during its 13th Annual Statewide Convention in Peoria. Roger Goodson, Senior Manager of Field Operations and Production for the Peoria District accepted the award on behalf of Hauk and Illinois American Water. According to Larry Ivory, president and CEO of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, the award is presented to an individual who champions diversity within his or her company. “Our executive team looks very closely at who is selected for our awards,” said Ivory. “Bruce Hauk doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk when it comes to supporting minori...

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Illinois American Water Announces 2018 Firefighter Grant Programarrow

August 14, 2018

Program offered to fire departments in communities served by Illinois American Water Belleville, Ill. (Aug. 8, 2018) – Illinois American Water is accepting applications for its 2018 Firefighter Grant Program. Through this program, the company provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities in its service areas. According to Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water, the Firefighter Grant Program is another opportunity for Illinois American Water to support fire protection efforts.  He said, “This program allows our team to build on our partnership with our local heroes and contribute to their hard work.  Since 2010, we’ve had the opportunity to award over $417,000 for over 425 grants to our community firefighters.” The maximum grant amount is $1,000. Fire departments-districts are eligible for one gra...

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Illinois American Water Flushing Fisher Water System and Fire Hydrants to Ensure Water Quality and Fire Protectionarrow

August 13, 2018

Dateline City: FISHER, Ill. Annual maintenance program to occur throughout August FISHER, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Beginning today, Illinois American Water crews will be flushing water mains and fire hydrants in Fisher. This work, which will continue throughout the month of August, is part of the company’s annual maintenance program to help ensure continued high-quality water service and fire protection to homes and businesses. According to Dave Farrar, senior manager of field operations and production, flushing the water system entails sending a rapid flow of water through the water mains and fire hydrants. Fire hydrants are also checked and operated to support fire protection in the community. ...

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