Illinois American Water awards over $75,000 in Firefighter Grants
City of Lincoln and Lincoln Rural Fire Protection District named

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[October 11, 2017] 

Over $75,000 will be shared by 78 Illinois fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2017 Firefighter Grant Program. Since the program was created in 2010, over 425 grants totaling over
$417,000 has 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 29,000 across the state, in our service areas. We know the critical role water plays in protecting homes and businesses and we also know resources for our local heroes often runs short. Through this grant program, we are able to partner on another level and further support our local heroes,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President.

The grants are being announced during National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8 – 14, 2017, to raise awareness about the importance of fire prevention. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Learn more here - /campaigns/fire-prevention-week

Illinois American Water’s Firefighter Grant Program awards grants to provide personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training materials and classroom programs.

Illinois American Water presented grants to the following central Illinois fire departments:

Arcola Fire Department

Champaign Fire Department

Eastern Prairie Fire Protection District

Edge-Scott Fire Protection District

Pesotum Fire Protection District

Sadorus Fire Protection District

Savoy Fire Department

Sidney Fire Protection District

St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Department

Tolono Fire Protection District

Tuscola Fire Department

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U of I Willard Airport Fire Department

Urbana Fire Department

Lincoln Fire Department

Lincoln Rural Fire Department

Cincinnati Fire Protection District

Schaeferville Fire Department

City of Pekin Fire Department

North Pekin Fire Department

Bartonville Fire Department

Dunlap Community Fire Protection

District Limestone Township Fire Protection District

Logan Trivoli Fire Protection District

Peoria Fire Department

West Peoria Fire Protection District

Pontiac Fire Department

Saunemin Fire Protection District

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

[Karen Cotton
External Affairs Manager
Illinois American Water]

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