Illinois American Water Investing Over $5.6 Million in Metro East to Replace and Install over 32,000 Feet of Water Main

Illinois American Water’s Interurban (Metro East) District is investing
over $5.6 million to upgrade its water service distribution system. The
investment includes replacing and installing over six miles of water
main across the southern Illinois service area including Belleville,
East St. Louis and Granite City. A map of the proposed work can be
viewed here – http://arcg.is/1HuyPT.

According to Karen Cooper, senior manager of field operations and
production, Illinois American Water’s water main replacement program
focuses on replacing mains where leaks occur, corrosion has caused
damage or the size of the pipe isn’t sufficient. Much of the pipe to be
replaced will be upsized from 2-inch galvanized pipe to 4-inch and
6-inch ductile iron pipe.

Cooper said, “Continuous investment in our local water infrastructure is
critical for ensuring customers receive quality, reliable drinking water
service. This work to replace and upgrade water mains will help ensure
adequate water pressure and flow to homes, businesses and for fire
protection. Water main replacements also help to decrease the occurrence
of water main breaks and related traffic and service impact.”

Customers affected directly by the work will be notified via letter
about the impact and any necessary steps. The letter will include a
local contact for questions.

Illinois American Water reminds motorists traveling through construction
zones to obey work zone speed limits, focus on the road and discontinue
the use of cell phones.

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 amwater.com
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