Illinois American Water Celebrates Safety Milestones in Two Districts

Belleville, Ill. – (Sept. 6, 2022) – Illinois American Water is celebrating two significant safety milestones achieved by the Streator and South Beloit Districts. The Streator District celebrated 14 years and the South Beloit District celebrated 16 years on Aug. 1, 2022.

Bernie Sebold, senior manager of Illinois American Water’s safety and health program, said “The Streator and South Beloit teams have made safety their priority, and their efforts have prevented incidents and hazards. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.”

Illinois American Water employees work around the clock to deliver safe, reliable service to homes, businesses and for fire protection. They may work in confined spaces, among motorists and in extreme weather. Employees may also handle chemicals, conduct excavation and operate equipment.

Employees are provided personal protective equipment (PPE), safety training and more to support safe work practices. Employees participate in hands-on training and online classes to support safety in the workplace. Employees also participate in job-site audits and safety talks.

Sebold added, “Safety is just as important as providing high-quality service to our customers. Continued learning, safe behavior and constant focus are key to keeping our employees safe.”

He added that employees also participate in the Company’s Near Miss Program to help identify possible unsafe working conditions. The Near Miss reports are investigated, and corrective actions are applied and shared across the company to benefit the safety of all employees. Employees are also encouraged to become Certified Safe Workers to remain committed to safety throughout the organization.

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Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. For more information, visit and follow Illinois American Water on Twitter and Facebook.


About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE:AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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