PEORIA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk today announced the Company’s acquisition of Sundale Utilities, Inc. The purchase of the water and wastewater systems adds approximately 1,415 new wastewater customers and approximately 475 water customers to the Company’s customer base.
The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved the sale for $2 million on May 2, 2018. Today, Illinois American Water acquired the water and wastewater systems.
According to Brad Spurgeon, Vice President of Sundale Utilities, Inc., significant investment needs coupled with his retirement led to the decision to sell the systems. He said, “Over 60 years ago when the utility systems were created, there was a great need for water and sewer infrastructure in Washington Estates and for a sewer system in the Sundale area. This need is stronger today than ever before.”
He explained, “Guidelines have become more stringent and the investment needed to remain in compliance has grown beyond our capacity. A benefit of selling the systems to Illinois American Water is knowing they will make the critical investment needed and will care for our customers as we have over the years.”
Illinois American Water plans to invest an estimated $4.4 million over the first five years of ownership. This investment includes security and safety improvements including improved chemical storage and electrical upgrades for reliability. The Company will also complete a hydraulic study to ensure critical water pressure for service and fire protection. Water mains and water meters will also be replaced and upgraded. Additional wastewater improvements include installing a new aeration system, sewer main lining and overall system rehab for reliability and safety.
“Systems across the nation are facing incredible investment needs for public health and safety. We are committed to upgrading these systems and ensuring quality water and reliable wastewater service to our new customers,” said Roger Goodson, sr. manager of field operations and production for Illinois American Water’s Peoria District.
New customers will soon receive an Illinois American Water welcome packet in the mail. This packet includes information about online account management, billing, payment options and more.
The appraisal process used for the Sundale Utilities, Inc. water and wastewater systems was conducted under the supervision of the ICC and established as part of the Illinois Water Systems Viability Act. The Sundale Utilities, Inc. systems will be incorporated into the company’s Peoria District, which currently serves residents in Peoria, West Peoria, Bartonville, Bellevue, Rome, Mapleton, Farmington and parts of several surrounding townships. Dunlap, Hanna City and the Timber Logan Water District are sale for resale (wholesale) customers.
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 and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.