Illinois American Water to Host Ribbon Cutting for 1.25 Million Gallon Elevated Water Tank

Illinois American Water’s Pekin District and the City of Pekin will celebrate the community’s new 1.25-million-gallon elevated water storage tank located at 1700 Riverway Drive.  A ribbon cutting will be held on Aug. 12, 2014 at 1 PM.  

According to Roger Goodson, operations superintendent for the Pekin District, this investment of over $3 million ensures reliable water service to customers. “The water tower is a critical component of our water infrastructure.  The new tank will help ensure adequate supply for residents, businesses and fire protection,” said Goodson.

This investment includes a spheroid tank design that required minimal land use, reducing environmental impact. The new water tower welcomes visitors to the area with the City’s unique marigold logo.

Pekin Mayor Laurie Barra said, “"The City of Pekin is proud to have our beautiful marigold logo on the water tower.  This investment not only enhances our community visually, but ensures water service for economic development."

The construction of this tank is part of an overall improvement plan which also includes a new booster station and distribution pipe improvements.  The U.S. EPA reports that the nation’s water utilities will need to make more than $384 billion in infrastructure investments by 2030 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 Pekin District is just another example of continuous investments and improvements being made, helping to meet the demands of today’s customers and planning for the future.  

Illinois American Water, a wholly owned 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 is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.  With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 14 million people in more than 40 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

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