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Illinois American Water Awards over $77,000 in Firefighter Grants

October 9, 2018

BELLEVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 9, 2018--Over $77,000 will be shared by 78 Illinois fire departments through Illinois American Water’s 2018 Firefighter Grant Program . Since the program was created in 2010, over 500 grants totaling over $493,000 have been awarded to fire and emergency organizations serving customers in Illinois American Water’s service area.

“We are proud to partner with our local firefighters. Illinois American Water tests and operates every fire hydrant annually. We also maintain all of the hydrants, over 29,000 across the state, in our service areas. We know the critical role water plays in protecting homes and businesses and we also know resources for our local heroes often runs short. Through this grant program, we are able to partner on another level and further support our local heroes,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President.

The grants are being announced during National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7 – 13, 2018, to raise awareness about the importance of fire prevention. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” It educates about basic, but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire. Learn more at http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week

Illinois American Water’s Firefighter Grant Program awards grants to provide personal protective gear, communications equipment, firefighting tools, water handling equipment, training materials and classroom programs. Illinois American Water is providing grants to the following Illinois fire departments:

Northern Illinois Des Plaines Fire Department Elmhurst Fire Department Elgin Fire Department Homer Township Fire Protection District Lemont Fire Protection District Lisle-Woodridge Fire District Mount Prospect Fire Department Northwest Homer Fire Protection District Orland Fire Protection District Oswego Fire Protection District Plainfield Fire Protection District Prospect Heights Fire Protection District Warrenville Fire Protection District South Beloit Fire & Rescue Sterling Fire Department Allen Township Fire Protection District Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Leonore Volunteer Fire Department Long Point Community Volunteer Fire Protection District Reading Volunteer Fire Department Streator Fire Department

Central Illinois Arcola Fire Department Champaign Fire Department Eastern Prairie Fire Protection District Sangamon Valley Fire Protection District Pesotum Fire Protection District Sidney Fire Protection District St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Department Tolono Fire Protection District Tuscola Fire Department U of I Willard Airport Fire Department Urbana Fire Department Lincoln Fire Department Lincoln Rural Fire Department Cincinnati Fire Protection District Schaeferville Fire Department City of Pekin Fire Department North Pekin Fire Department Bartonville Fire Department Farmington Fire Protection District Limestone Township Fire Protection District Logan Trivoli Fire Protection District Peoria Fire Department Dunlap Fire Protection District Washington Fire Department West Peoria Fire Protection District Pontiac Fire Department Saunemin Fire Protection District

Southern Illinois City of Alton Fire Department Cottage Hills Fire Protection District Godfrey Fire Protection District QEM Fire Protection District Cairo Fire Department Belleville Fire Department Brooklyn Fire Protection District Cahokia Volunteer Fire Department Church Road Fire Protection District Columbia Fire Department East Side Fire Protection District East St. Louis Fire Department Fairmont City Fire Department Fairview Caseyville Township Fire Protection District French Village Fire Department Granite City Fire Department Hamel Volunteer Fire Department Holiday Shores Fire Department Mascoutah Fire Department Midway Fire Protection District Millstadt Fire Department Mitchell Fire Department Northwest Fire Protection District Pocahontas - Old Ripley Fire Department Sauget Fire Department Signal Hill Fire Department St. Clair Special Emergency Services Villa Hills Fire Department Washington Park Fire Department Worden Fire Department

About Illinois American Water – 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/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville.

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to over 14 million people in 45 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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CONTACT: Illinois American Water

Karen Cotton

309-566-4126

karen.cotton@amwater.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA ILLINOIS

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENERGY UTILITIES PHILANTHROPY OTHER PHILANTHROPY FOUNDATION

SOURCE: Illinois American Water

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