Illinois American announces water main installation projects in
of approximately $170,000 will enhance water service
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[May 15, 2012]
Celebrating National Drinking Water
Week last week, Illinois American Water announced plans to invest
approximately $170,000 for water main installations across its
Lincoln District. Work also includes transferring customer services
to the new water main and installing two fire hydrants. With the
announcement, the company hopes to raise awareness of the critical
infrastructure of water mains required to deliver water service and
Work will begin next month to replace approximately 325 feet of
2-inch water main with 8-inch water main on Burlington Street, from
North Ottawa Street to North Kankakee Street. An additional 675 feet
of 6-inch water main will be replaced with 8-inch water main on
Adams Street, from Woodlawn Road to 15th Street. This work will
enhance and maintain water quality and pressure as well as fire
protection to customers.
Illinois American Water's main replacement program focuses on
replacing water mains where leaks occur, corrosion has caused damage
or the size of the pipe isn't sufficient. According to David
Schonauer, operations superintendent for the Lincoln District, the
replacements are necessary due to the age of the pipes, coupled with
corrosion and sediment accumulation over the years.
"Many of our water mains were installed well over 50 years ago.
Upgrading our water mains is essential to ensuring quality water
service," Schonauer said. "Illinois American Water continues to
invest annually in its systems to ensure that local water quality
and service continues to be as good as or better than local, state
and federal quality standards."
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that the
nation's water utilities will need to make more than $335 billion in
infrastructure investments over the next 20 years to ensure public
health. These investments include replacement of thousands of miles
of pipe and upgrades to treatment plants, storage tanks and other
assets. Illinois American Water's investment in main replacement in
the Lincoln District is just another example of continuous
investments and improvements being made, helping to meet the demands
of today's customers and planning for the future.
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Illinois American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American
Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in
the state, providing high-quality and reliable water or wastewater
services to more than 1.2 million people. American Water also
operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control
and research laboratory in Belleville.
[Text from file received from
Illinois American Water]