American Public Works Association gives awards to public works systems

By WEEK Reporter

May 3, 2013 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 7:15 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- You probably take for granted how easily you can get fresh, clean water in your home every time you need it; but one association is making sure all that hard work is rewarded.

The Illinois chapter of the American Public Works Association is in town to host its annual conference.

Friday, it gave out awards to Illinois public works that have done an outstanding job over the past year.

Members say its important to show appreciation for those who help keep systems, such as water, working at their very best.

"As an average citizen, it means you can go to your tap in the morning and draw a safe glass of water to drink. It means when you use your restroom, everything will function. We're the most closely involved with public health than any other profession out there," said APWA President Illinois Chapter, Doug House.

One of those award winners was Illinois American Water.

They won project of the year for upgrading their plant with an ultra-violet disinfection system.

They got the award, along with Black and Veatch Corporation which provided the engineering for the project; and River City Construction which was the contractor for the project.