Illinois American Water brings cleaner tap & more jobs to Peoria

By Joe Bennett

August 14, 2012 Updated Aug 15, 2012 at 9:19 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- A $24 million investment in water improvement can accomplish a lot through modern technology.

"It breaks down the DNA of a microorganism," said Illinois American Water spokesperson Karen Cotton. "So, it can't recreate and it doesn't become a host in someone's body and it helps to actually remove it from a risk to your water service."

It also helps meet high demands in water use during the last two months, and area legislators say a multi-million dollar expansion does a lot more than that.

At least six area contractors helped expand this infrastructure using union workers.

That's what local legislators say is one of Illinois American Water's most important accomplishments; putting people back to work.

"That helps to add to our economy here locally," said State Senator from 46th District Dave Koehler. "Plus you have the ongoing workforce of Illinois American, the people that are out making the repairs in our community."

State Senator Darin LaHood from the 37th District agrees. "To have a private sector company like Illinois American Water doing that should be applauded. And that's why I think you see a strong showing of support here today."

City leaders say Illinois American Water also invests in city projects like Peoria Night Out Against Crime and the Center for Prevention of Abuse Duck Race, helping to improve more than just the city's water quality.

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