Iowa American Water Invests over $3.5 Million in Proactive Water System Improvements in Blue Grass

New elevated storage tank construction and water transmission main installation underway

Davenport, Iowa. (June 15, 2023) – Iowa American Water is continuing to proactively invest in its water and wastewater systems, with over $3.5 million in improvements underway in its Blue Grass water system. The work includes a new elevated water storage tank and almost two miles of new 12-inch water transmission main.

The new elevated tank will replace two aging tanks with a new 200,000-gallon elevated tank that will increase fire flows and water pressure in the community. The installation of almost two miles of new water transmission main will provide a partial redundant water feed to the community to help safeguard an uninterrupted water supply.

“The services we provide are critical to the health of our customers and the communities we serve,” said Brad Nielsen, vice president of Operations for Iowa American Water. “Our investments and operational expertise allow us to provide clean, safe, and reliable service that consistently meets or surpasses state and federal regulations for protection human health and the environment. We are pleased to have such significant investment projects underway in Blue Grass that will benefit the community by increasing storage capacity and fire flows as well as water pressure.”

The new elevated storage tank and transmission main work will be complete later this fall. “This new infrastructure is vital,” Nielsen added. “Water tanks serve a vital role in our water distribution systems by enabling consistent water pressure in customers’ homes and businesses, providing adequate water supply during high demand periods, and for fire protection.”

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 213,000 people. For more information, visit and follow Iowa 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 approximately 6,500 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 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 Follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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