Flushing of Water Mains and Fire Hydrants in Champaign

Flushing will begin Oct. 12 and continue throughout the month

Illinois American Water will be flushing water mains and hydrants throughout the Champaign District. Flushing will begin Oct. 12, 2014 and continue throughout the month. Illinois American Water conducts an annual flushing program of its water distribution system to help ensure continued high-quality water service.

Flushing the water system entails sending a rapid flow of water through the water mains. Flushing will take place between the hours of 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM and continue through October.

As part of the flushing program, fire hydrants are checked and operated to help ensure fire protection in the community. “The flushing program is designed not only to maintain a high quality of water in the Champaign distribution system, but to inspect and operate fire hydrants to assure they are in good working order as well,” said Ron Smith, senior operations manager for the Champaign District.

No interruptions in water service will occur as a result of the work. Illinois American Water advises that when crews are flushing nearby, customers may experience a temporary drop in water pressure or draw some discolored water for a short period of time. If this does occur, it is recommended that customers let their cold water run to clear before using it again and refrain from doing laundry during that time. If problems persist, customers can notify Illinois American Water’s customer service center at 1-800-422-2782.

About Illinois American Water: Illinois American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK) , is the largest investor owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.2 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.

With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 14 million people in more than 40 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.