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Illinois American Water to Replace 7,500 Feet of Water Main in Sterling

Sterling , Ill. – WEBWIRE

Illinois American Waterís Sterling District is investing about $1.1 million to replace 7,500 feet of water main in Sterling. This work will enhance and maintain reliable, quality water service to customers while also supporting critical fire protection for public safety Illinois American Waterís main replacement program focuses on replacing mains where leaks occur, corrosion has caused damage or the size of the pipe isnít sufficient. According to Steve Barnet, Operations Superintendent for the Sterling District, ďThe age of the pipes coupled with deterioration over the years make the project necessary.Ē

The pipe replacement projects, which will kick off next week, will take place in Sterling along West 18th Street between Avenue K to Shinkle Avenue; along West Lefevre Road between Woodburn Avenue to Bushman Avenue; and Dillon Avenue between West Lefevre Road to Lincoln Highway. Customers residing near the construction area will receive a mailer with Pertinent information about the projects. The main replacements are expected to be completed this September.ď

Some of water main being replaced dates back to the 1940s. These projects benefit our customers as a whole because they help to reduce main breaks and related traffic and service impact. I want to thank our customers for their patience as our teams work in their neighborhoods,Ē said Barnet.

The U.S. EPA reports that the nationís 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 replacing thousands of miles of pipe and upgrades to treatment plants, storage tanks and other assets. Illinois American Waterís investment in main replacement in the Sterling District is just another example of continuous investments and improvements being made, helping to meet the demands of todayís customers and planning for the future.

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 1.2 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville.

Founded in 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in more than 45 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found at


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