Illinois American Water begins construction on water treatment plant in US


American Water’s subsidiary Illinois American Water has commenced construction of a new water treatment plant, and elevated water tower, as well as replacing water mains in the Lincoln water system.

The project involves an investment of approximately $37m.

To be located south of Broadwell Drive and east of Lincoln Parkway, the new water treatment plant will include a new pump station to draw source water for treatment, new electrical and security systems to help protect the plant during emergency.

Slated to commence operations in early 2023, the plant will also include gravity sand filter beds, flocculation as well as have an increased delivery capacity of up to five million gallons a day (MGD).

The project will also include a new elevated water tower, which is already being constructed at 315 Heitman Drive.

Construction work on the one million gallon tank already commenced last year with completion expected this fall.

It will provide reliability and water pressure for water service as well as fire protection.

As part of the project, more than 2,200ft aging water mains are also being replaced on Welch Drive, Portland Drive and DeBruler Drive.

Illinois American Water is also replacing a section of water main running under the railroad tracks along Decatur Street between Sangamon Street and Chicago Street.

Illinois American Water operations superintendent Nathan Pennisi said: “This work should help reduce emergency-related boil water orders and conservation measures, which we understand can be an inconvenience to the community.

“This investment also supports our commitment to deliver high-quality drinking water to our customers. We take the trust placed in us by our customers very seriously and are proud to deliver a quality product to our friends and neighbours.”


Illinois American Water begins construction on water system in US. Credit: Dean Moriarty from Pixabay.

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