The new Grafton Water system was completed a couple of years ago, moving the city from a once-troubled well-based system to a more modern system that hooks onto the Illinois American Water infrastructure at the edge of town. This week, the city agreed to sell its system to the water company for a price of $1.8-million. The system serves approximately 400 customers.
This will allow the company to make upgrades as needed to the system. Illinois American Water spokesman Karen Cotton says the utility began its partnership to provide water on a sale-for-resale basis in 2010.
The agreement will require approval by the Illinois Commerce Commission before it can be finalized, and that decision is expected to be completed by next summer. Following ICC approval, the water company will announce plans to host a community meeting so customers can ask questions of company representatives. There will also be a new customer information packet mailed to each customer at some point.