Illinois American Water Acquires City of Villa Grove Water and Wastewater Systems

VILLA GROVE, Illinois–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, today announced the acquisition of the City of Villa Grove Water and Wastewater Systems for $11 million. The newly acquired systems add approximately 1,489 water customers and 1,069 wastewater customers to the company’s Eastern Illinois service area.

“Our team is excited to serve our new customers in Villa Grove and expand our presence in Douglas County,” said Justin Ladner, president of Illinois American Water. “Since 2020, we’ve had the privilege of partnering with more than 11 Illinois communities through acquisitions, sharing our expertise, and making critical investments in aging systems.”

Villa Grove City Mayor Cassandra Eversole-Gunter says the sale of the water and wastewater systems to Illinois American Water “will provide Villa Grove residents with industry experts focused on system upgrades.” water and sewage”. She continued, “The city will benefit from capital investments that we could not have made without significant rate increases. With Illinois American Water as a long-term partner, we are able to invest in our future while maintaining stable rates.

Illinois American Water plans to invest approximately $21 million over the first seven years of ownership to upgrade the water and wastewater systems in the town of Villa Grove. The work will include the replacement of water meters, water mains, fire hydrants and sewage pipes. Upgrades to lift stations, including replacement of pumps, will improve system reliability. Safety and security systems will also be upgraded. Illinois American Water also plans to design and build a new wastewater treatment plant to support system reliability and community growth.

Brian Wiemers, senior operations manager for the Eastern Division of Illinois American Water, said, “We are pleased to extend our services and knowledge to Villa Grove. We look forward to supporting the community and partnering with the town of Villa Grove. We appreciate the City’s confidence in our team.

New customers will receive an Illinois American Water welcome packet in the mail. This packet includes information on online account management, billing and more. To learn more about Illinois American Water and hear from the communities the company has partnered with, visit Partners with Us under About Us at

About American Illinois Water

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

About US Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is America’s largest and most geographically diverse water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and similar drinking water and sanitation 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 them get on with their lives. For more information, visit and Follow American Water on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.


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