Illinois American Water’s Metro East water distribution project nears completion


llinois American Water’s almost $8.5m investment in the Metro East water distribution system is close to completion.

This investment covers over 2.6 miles of water main installation on Front Street in East St. Louis.

In 2016, the company finished phase one of the project.

The first phase includes installation of approximately 3,500 ft of 36-inch ductile iron water main and approximately 4,500ft of 24-inch ductile iron water main.

Illinois American Water engineering director Jeff Kaiser said: “The water mains installed in 2016 were large, transmission water mains, critical to delivering treated water from our East St. Louis water treatment to our Metro East customers.

“Upgrading this infrastructure helps to ensure reliable water service for public health and fire protection to not only East St. Louis, but also Belleville, Sauget and other surrounding communities we serve.”

Second phase of the project is also almost close to completion. This phase includes installation of about 2,500 ft of 16-inch ductile iron water main.

Around 3,700ft of 24-inch existing water main is being lined with 20-inch fusible PVC water main. Lining the water main, instead of replacing it, cuts down costs to customers.

Kaiser added that following the completion of water main installation, Illinois American Water will carry out water flow and water quality tests to verify that standards are met.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of July.