Illinois American Water President Justin Ladner announced today, the Company’s acquisition of the City of Mt. Pulaski water and wastewater systems. The purchase adds approximately 834 water and 800 wastewater customers to the company’s western Illinois service area.
The City of Mt. Pulaski voted in favor of the sale in March 2021. The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) recently approved the sale for $5.25 million. The sale was completed today.
“Our team is excited and ready to serve the City of Mt. Pulaski as we expand our footprint in the Western Illinois,” said Ladner. “We have a long history of providing high-quality, reliable service to our customers and we look forward to playing a vital role in Mt. Pulaski.”
According to City of Mt. Pulaski Mayor Matt Bobell the sale of the water and wastewater systems to Illinois American Water, “Will allow the city to focus on other priorities.” He continued, “Not only will residents have better quality water service from a company that has a focus on water quality, but the city will benefit from capital investments the city would not have been able to make.”
Illinois American Water plans to invest approximately $13.8 million in the first five years of ownership to upgrade the City of Mt. Pulaski water and wastewater systems. Work will include replacing water meters, water main, sewer main, manholes and lateral main connections. Generators will be installed for increased resiliency and continued service in the event of a power outage. Upgrades to the water treatment and wastewater treatment plants will support safe, reliable service. Safety and security upgrades will be completed to implement automation and improve operational efficiency.
Nathan Pennisi, operations superintendent for Illinois American Water’s Lincoln District said, “We are thrilled to serve Mt. Pulaski. We had the opportunity to partner and support the local fire department this year through our Firefighter Grant program. We look forward to continuing our involvement in the community.”
New customers will receive an Illinois American Water welcome packet in the mail. This packet includes information about online account management, billing and more. To learn more about Illinois American Water and hear from communities the company has partnered with, visit Partnering with Us under About Us at www.illinoisamwater.com.