PONTIAC, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illinois American Water’s Pontiac District is investing over $575,000 to upgrade its water service distribution system. The investment includes replacing and installing over 2,600 feet of water main.
The work will take place on Cleary Street from Mill Street to Division Street. This work is being completed ahead of the City’s road reconstruction. Work is also occurring on Howard Street from Ladd Street to Wood Street and on Wood Street from Howard Street to Madison Street. Construction is expected to start next month.
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. Water main replacements also help to decrease the occurrence of water main breaks and related traffic and service impact.
Tim Tuley, operations superintendent for the Pontiac District 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.”
Customers affected directly by the water main replacement work will be notified directly or via letter about the impact and any necessary steps.
In addition to the water main investment projects, the company is also investing approximately $75,000 to create more parking space at its Howard Street office building to improve customer service. A neighboring property was purchased for this effort. Work is expected to kick off next month.
Illinois American Water reminds motorists traveling through construction zones to obey speed limits, focus on the road and discontinue cell phone use.
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.