Illinois American Water’s Lincoln
nine years of excellence in safety
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[August 10, 2017]
- Illinois American Water’s Lincoln District reached a significant
safety milestone this month. According to Gabe Bowden, Operations
Superintendent, the Lincoln District has gone nine years without
experiencing any lost-time accidents.
Illinois American Water employees work around the clock to provide
an essential service critical for daily life, public health and fire
protection. The work performed can include daily hazards like
working in confined spaces, among motorists and in extreme weather.
Employees also handle chemicals, conduct excavation, operate
equipment and complete heavy lifting.
Bowden said, “Safety is on our minds every minute of every day.
There is nothing more important than ensuring our employees go home
in the same condition they arrived at work, if not better. We owe
that to our coworkers and their families. There is no room for
shortcuts when it comes to safety.”
Illinois American Water conducts both classroom and hands-on
training on a regular basis. Employees also participate in facility
and job site audits to ensure compliance with established workplace
Bowden said, “Our safety record means a lot to our team. Safety is a
daily focus. We continuously evaluate and act to remove hazards to
Illinois American Water’s Lincoln District has over 5,140 customer
connections. Total population served is approximately 18,000 people.
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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 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide
regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other
related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and
Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting
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