A handful of water main replacement projects in Alton, Godfrey and Elsah have begun that will upgrade service on the aging system. The U.S. EPA reports that the nation’s water utilities will need to make more than $335 billion in infrastructure investments over the next 20 years to ensure public health. These projects being done by Illinois American Water will continue through September.
It is a $2.45-million endeavor that will enhance water quality and water pressure as well as fire protection. Karen Cotton, spokesman for Illinois American Water, says this is about more than having drinking water handy.
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Cotton says the age of the pipes coupled with corrosion and sediment accumulation over the years makes the replacements necessary. Among the upgrades is the laying of 1300 feet of 12-inch main along Golf Road in Alton to replace the existing 8 inch main as the city gets ready for the Multi Modal Transportation Center construction.