Illinois American Water investing over $1.8M in Farmington Water System
Illinois American Water is investing over $1.8M to enhance water service to the City of Farmington. The work, which kicked off this spring, includes making improvements to the water treatment system and replacing over a mile of water main. Over 6,600 feet of water main will be upgraded from 4-inch and 6-inch water main to 8-inch and 10-inch water main. This investment will increase water flow and pressure to the north side of Farmington for improved water quality and fire protection. New fire hydrants and valves will also be installed. Residents located along the water main replacement route will receive a letter informing them of the work and critical information. Additional investments focus on the water treatment plant. The reverse osmosis membrane at the plant was replaced. Two well pumps and motors were also replaced. In addition, the treatment system will be upgraded to enhance water quality to the entire community. These investments are a part of Illinois American Water's commitment to upgrade the City of Farmington water system. Last year, during Illinois American Water's first year of owning and operating the Farmington water system, the company invested approximately $400,000 to update the electrical and security systems at the water treatment plant. Work was also completed to optimize the treatment system for water quality improvement. In 2018, the company also replaced over 1,000 meters to improve billing. Every fire hydrant was tested and operated to support fire protection and critical valves were operated to ensure reliable service.