Drinking water project in Ransom, Ill., completed, celebrated

Illinois American Water and Village of Ransom's project included $2 million investment, installation of 10 miles of water main.

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RANSOM, IL, APRIL 18, 2017 -- The Village of Ransom is celebrating the completion of a critical water quality project.

Less than a year after acquiring the Village of Ransom water system and more than a decade since the Village drinking water system was placed under an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consent decree, Illinois American Water completed critical investments to deliver safe drinking water to residents. Illinois American Water resolved water quality issues by connecting Ransom's distribution system to the company's Streator District water system. This investment of approximately $2 million included installing 10 miles of water main and constructing a new pump station to ensure safe drinking water and adequate water pressure.

Prior to Illinois American Water ownership, the community water source had exceedingly high levels of radium and did not meet EPA safe drinking water standards. This led to the EPA issuing a consent decree for noncompliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.

"Everyone should have access to safe drinking water at their tap. We are very proud to bring this critical service back to Ransom residents," said Dave Clifton, operations superintendent for the Streator District.

Village of Ransom acting President Matt Hauser said, "The sale of the Village water system to Illinois American Water provided our community with needed quality water at an affordable price to the consumer. Their expertise and commitment to invest has provided a reliable benefit to our public health and economic future."

A community event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Allen Township Fire Protection District. For more information about Illinois American Water, visitwww.illinoisamwater.com.

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. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visitingwww.amwater.com.

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