Investment in Storage Tank Maintenance Ensures System Reliability

Davenport, Iowa. (December 14, 2009) - Iowa American Water's elevated storage tank in Davenport is back in service today with a "new look" after maintenance work and re-painting of the facility's interior and exterior surfaces was completed last week. The one-and-a-half-million gallon tank, which is located near the intersection of Kimberly Road and Northwest Boulevard by North Park Mall, features Iowa American Water's new logo painted on one side and the City of Davenport's logo painted on the other side of the structure.

The tank was taken out of service and drained in August in preparation for the work which included preventative maintenance, painting and inspection services. The nearly $1.1 million project was completed on schedule last week.

Iowa American Water used an environmentally-friendly paint system on the inside of the tank. This high tech paint system has a very low volatile organic chemical (VOC) concentration compared to other paints typically used for this application. Low VOC paint is safer for the environment and the painters applying it.

"This work is necessary to extend the lives of our elevated storage tanks," said Randy Moore, president of Iowa American Water. "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 began re-filling the tank last week and put the facility back in service after water quality tests confirmed the water in the tank meets all federal and state quality standards. When completely full, there is 153 feet of water from the ground to the top of the tank.

The painting contractor for the project was American Suncraft Construction Company of Medway, Ohio and the inspection and engineering firm Tank Industry Consultants of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Iowa American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water servicesto approximately 200,000 people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in 32 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting

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