It is a well known fact that you need water to survive, but it's a utility you never think about until it's not there. Illinois American Water keeps the H2O flowing, with over 700 miles of water mains and 5,000 fire-hydrants in Peoria alone.
Senior Manager Roger Goodman said, "It takes someone special to be in the water industry because water is the only utility you ingest."
Superintendent Eric Larson added, "It's what we do. We're passionate about it."
That being said, delivering your safe drinking water takes more than a water tower and tubes. Karen Cotton, Spokesperson for IAW, said, "It's a complex system, it's made up of water mains, valves, hydrants, so there is a lot of work that goes into maintaining a water system."
Crews at Illinois American Water say upgraded infrastructure is critical to keeping the water healthy. These upgrades can sometimes mean temporary shut offs or road detours.
Health and Safety Manager Tony Richards said, "Safety is our number one core value, so the thing we are most concerned with is making sure that all our crew members do a safe job and get home safe to their families."
Needless to say, when the street starts gushing, they'll come rushing.