Glen Carbon to change water sources next week when hydrants are flushed

GLEN CARBON – Glen Carbon will officially change its water source from the town of Edwardsville to Illinois-American Water (IAW) during the week of June 7, while the village will perform its annual hydrant flush.

The administrators noted this at the village board meeting on May 25.

Village officials spent more than two years attempting to make this transition as they circumvented many unexpected obstacles.

It all started after Edwardsville, which has supplied Glen Carbon with water since June 1996, decided to increase its water tariffs. Seeking to protect its residents from rising prices, the village began to explore options – join the Maryville water system, partner with IAW, or build its own network.


They have decided, for now, to join IAW. However, the change was not as easy as expected. Federal and state environmental protection agencies (EPAs) halted water changes without first performing extended, multi-tiered test runs, in response to water supply issues and / or water distribution company in Flint, Michigan; Newark, New Jersey; and University Park, a suburb of Chicago.

During the extended testing phase, the village simply extended its current water agreement with the city.

“This transition supports quality and reliable water service for our residents and lowers costs for the village,” read a press release posted on the village’s website about the water switch.

“To change the water service provider, a water quality study was required by the IEPA. In collaboration with Illinois EPA and Illinois-American Water, we completed a one-year study to analyze the impact of changes in water supply sources and pipe materials. This study was done to protect residents and determined that the water to be delivered by Illinois American Water to the village meets all state and country drinking water standards.

“We applied for a permit from the Illinois EPA to build a connection with Illinois American Water. This work will enable Illinois American Water to deliver treated water from its Granite City water treatment plant to the village.

A notable change in the transition concerns the disinfection process. Instead of free chlorine disinfection by the City of Edwardsville, IAW uses chloramination disinfection. Chloramination is the practice of mixing a small amount of ammonia in the disinfection process. This helps reduce the taste and odor associated with free chlorine and also helps better maintain required residual levels throughout the distribution system. Chloramination is a preferred method because it reduces the creation of disinfection byproducts (DBP) during the treatment process.

Since the early 1900s, chloramines have been widely used in the United States and Canada. Almost one in three surface water treatment facilities in the United States currently use it, such as Washington DC, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas and Indianapolis. Chloramine water can be used in the same way: drinking, bathing, cooking, cleaning and watering plants, lawns and gardens.

If you have any questions, contact Jamie Bowden, Village Administrator or John Leezy, Superintendent of Utilities at 618-288-1200.

Contact reporter Charles Bolinger at 318-659-5735


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