Illinois American Water to Invest over $1 Million to Upgrade over a Mile of Water Main in Sterling

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STERLING, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week, Illinois American Water will begin installing over 1.1 miles of water main to upgrade Sterling’s water distribution system. This investment of over $1 million focuses on replacing water main to enhance water service, water pressure and fire protection.

Over a mile of water main will be upgraded from 6-inch water main to 8-inch water main along 4th Street, from Dillon Avenue to Avenue L, and on Griswold Avenue, from 4th Street to LeFevre Road. Partnering with the City of Sterling, Illinois American Water will help improve the roadways after the water main installation is complete.

Charlotte Dunne, operations superintendent for the Sterling District, said, “We were aware of the road improvements the City wanted to make and it just made sense to complete our water main improvements prior to the road work. We were also able to include some of the needed road construction in our overall project, helping to decrease cost to the City.”

Dunne also explained that being able to complete water infrastructure work first helps to prevent disruption to a newly paved road. She said, “The forethought and partnership with the City on this project benefits all involved. We appreciate the collaboration.”

In addition to the work along 4th street, the company will also be replacing about 200 feet of water main on 2nd Avenue and Miller Road. The projects should be completed this fall. Customers directly affected by the work will be notified via letter about the impact and any necessary steps. The letter will include a local contact for questions. Motorists should use caution when driving in the construction area and obey traffic signs, detour routes and flaggers in the area.

About Illinois American Water - Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,900 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


Illinois American Water
Karen Cotton, 309-566-4126

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