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Iowa American Water Completes About $2 Million in Water Main Upgrade Projects in the Iowa Quad Cities



  Iowa American Water Completes About $2 Million in Water Main Upgrade
  Projects in the Iowa Quad Cities

               River Drive Improvement Project Nears Completion

Business Wire

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- November 08, 2012

Iowa American Water announced today that almost $2 million in water main
upgrades have been completed in the Iowa Quad Cities this year, and the
largest single project, an almost $1 million valve replacement and main
project on River Drive in Davenport is near completion.

The River Drive improvement project included replacement or rehabilitation of
20 valves and abandonment of some water main that was no longer necessary due
to other transmission line upgrades in the area over the years. The valve
upgrade work assures that valves along River Drive are fully operable which
allows water company crews the ability to better isolate water main breaks
when they occur and lessen the inconvenience to customers.

“This project improves reliability for our customers by replacing aging valves
that have been the cause of significant breaks in the past,” said Randy Moore,
President. “We scheduled the work to coincide with the city of Davenport’s
East River Drive Resurfacing Project which was beneficial not only to our
customers but to the company and city as well. As stewards of our region’s
water system, we work hard to treat and deliver high-quality water to our
customers, and to make ongoing system improvements to ensure continued
reliable service now and in the future. When we are able to partner with the
communities we serve to do that work at less cost and less inconvenience to
our customers and city residents, it is a win-win situation for us all.”

Earlier this year, water main replacement projects totaling an additional $1.1
million were completed on Oak and Tenplus Streets, Tanglefoot Lane, Pleasant
Ridge Drive and 25^th Street in Bettendorf; North Pine and North Harrison
Streets, Jersey Ridge Road at Duck Creek and 53^rd Street east of Elmore
Avenue in Davenport; Davenport Avenue in LeClaire and Manor and Circle Drives
in Riverdale. About 7,300 feet of water main was replaced and upgraded as part
of those projects.

Pipeline replacement projects are selected on their community benefits,
including the company’s ability to partner with service communities to make
upgrades during planned projects, reducing water main breaks and improving the
overall integrity of the water system in the area.

"Reliable, quality water is essential in almost everything we do--It’s not
only for drinking, cooking and cleaning; it’s for fire protection,
manufacturing, business and industry and overall economic vitality,” added
Moore. “When we invest in upgrading our water systems, we improve quality and
reliability for our customers and enhance fire protection in our service
communities. In the U.S., water services are often so reliable that most
people do not think twice about what comes out of their faucets or what it’s
been through to become safe enough to drink. There’s an obvious cost to assure
water quality and reliability, but most people never think about it unless,
for some reason, they have to go without water service.”

In August, Iowa American Water launched a customer education program to help
consumers better understand everything that goes into providing them all with
high quality water and reliable water service and highlight the important role
they play by simply paying their water bills, which, in turn, helps support
system improvements to ensure the continued reliability. More information can
be found on the company’s website at www.iowaamwater.com and on its Facebook
page.

“By supporting needed water system improvements, customers and Iowa American
Water are working together to keep the water flowing now and well into the
future – all for about a penny a gallon,” noted Moore.

Iowa American Water maintains approximately 153 miles of water main in its
Clinton District and another 675 miles in the Iowa Quad Cities. This year in
Clinton, Iowa American Water invested about $1.8 million in water main upgrade
projects.

About Iowa American Water

Iowa 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 services to approximately 200,000 people. 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
approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in
more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by
visiting www.amwater.com.

Contact:

Iowa American Water
Lisa Reisen
Manager, External Affairs
563-468-9221
Lisa.Reisen@amwater.com
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