From Illinois Business Journal news services
Illinois American Water is investing approximately $2.75 million to complete water main installation projects in the Alton service area.
Crews will begin working this month to install over three miles of water main. Projects will continue to start at varying times with completion expected this fall.
Illinois American Water’s main replacement program focuses on replacing mains where leaks occur, corrosion has caused damage or the size of the pipe isn’t sufficient.
“This investment will enhance water quality and water pressure to our customers,” said Karen Cooper, operations superintendent for Illinois American Water’s Alton District.
Age is also a factor in needed investment. The water main being replaced was originally installed 40-60 years ago. Projects are planned as follows with approximate linear feet:
Foulds Avenue and Mamie Street – 700 feet of water main will be installed
Emerald Avenue – 500 feet of water main will be installed east of Woodland Street
Belle Street – 3,550 feet of water main will be installed from Michelle Street to W. 20th
Wick-Way Drive and Wick-Mor Drive –150 feet of water main will be installed
Union School Road – 2,400 feet of water main will be installed
Aladdin Drive and Suddes Court – about 300 feet of water main will be installed
Chessen Lane – 1,300 feet of water main will be replaced south of Broadway
Maupin Street – 1,250 feet of water main from Milnor to Elliot
Smith Avenue – 500 feet of water main from Milnor to the south
Kennedy Avenue – 500 feet of water main from Milnor to the south
Vernie Avenue – 700 feet of water main from Brown Street to the north
Charlene Court – 300 feet of water main along Charlene Court
Hazil Drive – 1,000 feet of water main along Brown Street
Riverview Court, Bluff Court and Williams Street – 1,050 feet of water main will be installed
Elm Street, Prairie Street and Ernest Drive – 2,050 feet of water main will be installed
Cooper stated, “We invest annually to ensure that local water quality and service continues to be as good as or better than local,state and federal quality standards. These projects will benefit all of our customers because they help to reduce main breaks andrelated traffic and service impact. I want to thank our customers for their patience as our teams work in their neighborhoods.”
The U.S. EPA reports that the nation’s 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 Water’s investment in the Alton District is just another example of continuous investments and improvements being made.
Illinois American Water is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water, the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing 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.