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Illinois American Water announces acquisition; Celebrates safety milestones

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ILLINOIS, SEPT 19, 2017 -- Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk recently announced the company's acquisition of the Piasa Township Sanitary District. The purchase of the system adds approximately 120 customers to the company's customer base in the Alton District.

In a public referendum on April 4, 2017, residents of Piasa Township Sanitary District voted in favor of dissolving the sewer district, and supported a sale of the wastewater system to Illinois American Water. The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved the sale for $60,000 on Aug. 25, 2017. 

"We are excited to serve these customers and to help decrease one of their household bills. Through this acquisition, we will expand our existing footprint and ensure local residents have access to a long-term, reliable and affordable wastewater service for years to come," said Karen Cooper, senior manager of field operations and production.

Additionally, the utility's Cairo and Pekin Districts celebrated multiple years of safety.

According to Michael Brown, Operations Superintendent, the Cairo District has gone 18 years without experiencing any lost-time accidents. The Pekin District has gone over 7 years without experiencing any lost-time accidents.

He said, "The work we do is complex. This is why our safety program is a top priority. We want our employees to go home in the same condition they arrived at work, if not better. We are proud of our continued years of excellence in safety."

The Cairo District conducts both classroom and hands-on training on a regular basis. Cairo District employees also participate in facility and job site audits at every job site to ensure compliance with established workplace safety practices.

Brown said, "Safety is a daily focus. We continuously evaluate and remove hazards to prevent injury."

Cord Crisler, Operations Superintendent with the Pekin district, said, "Safety is on our minds every minute of every day. There is nothing more important than ensuring our employees go home in the same condition they arrived at work, if not better. We owe that to our coworkers and their families. There is no room for shortcuts when it comes to safety."

Illinois American Water conducts both classroom and hands-on training on a regular basis. Employees also participate in facility and job site audits to ensure compliance with established workplace safety practices.

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. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

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