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To the editor:
In 2017, you
may have read or heard news stories about communities across the
country facing challenges with their drinking water. Quality issues,
failing and aged infrastructure were among the headlines. That is
not the case here, where Illinois American Water is your water
company and steward of the local water system.
Local tap water provided by Illinois American Water continues to
meet all quality standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) and is monitored around-the-clock, every day. A team of
experts tests drinking water at every stage of the treatment and
Nationally, American Water performs 21 times better than the water
industry average when it comes to meeting EPA drinking water
The quality of the local water pipes, pumps, tanks and facilities
plays a key role in water quality. Ongoing investments in local
infrastructure are needed to ensure reliable service and quality
water as well as the ability to meet more stringent regulatory
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Nationally, the U.S. EPA estimates that approximately
$384 million in improvements is needed by 2030 for community water
systems to provide safe drinking water to 297 million Americans.
More than $300 billion is needed for upgrades to wastewater systems
Illinois American Water is not part of the
national problem. We invest approximately $70 to $100 million
annually to replace, upgrade and expand critical infrastructure
vital to public health, fire protection and the economy. At Illinois
American Water, we are focused on the quality of your local drinking
water, every hour of every day. Itís what we do. Itís our passion
and our employees take great pride in delivering the best product
possible to their friends and neighbors in the communities we serve.
Illinois American Water, Lincoln District
June 21, 2018]
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