Indiana American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, today announced that it replaced nearly 41 miles of aging water mains and rehabilitated 10 water tanks in its service areas in 2016. This investment of more than $57 million last year in approximately 260 separate projects across Indiana will improve the reliability and quality of water service to customers while also enhancing fire protection capabilities.
“This investment in our water systems replaces aging pipe and rehabilitates water storage tanks that, in many cases, had outlived their usefulness or were in need of significant investment, ensuring that our customers continue to receive quality, reliable water service for many years to come,” said Indiana American Water President Deborah Dewey. “Indiana American Water is committed to investing in its systems and a portion of every bill is dedicated to replacing or rehabilitating aging infrastructure. In the last two years alone, we have proactively invested more than $140 million in our water and wastewater infrastructure.”
Nationally, much of this critical water infrastructure system is more than a century old, and is well past its useful life. The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) latest Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, issued every four years since 2001, earlier this month gave the nation’s water systems a D grade, and wastewater systems a D+ grade.
“While much work needs to be done to raise the grade of the nation’s deteriorating water infrastructure, we are committed to addressing the challenge in our state and across the country,” said Dewey. “American Water has taken a leadership position in replacing or rehabilitating infrastructure that no longer meets the needs of the communities it serves. Last year alone, American Water invested approximately 1.5 billion dollars in water and wastewater infrastructure across the country, including nearly $49 million to replace or relocate water mains and more than $8 million to rehabilitate 10 large storage tanks in communities served by Indiana American Water across the state.”
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