"The river is invaluable to the quality of life we share here," said Terry Rakocy, Aqua president.
"The river is the supply of the water system for the community."
As in years past, Rakocy
outlined the continued infrastructure improvements the company is making in Kankakee County.Aqua
will invest $9.3 million this year on projects such as increasing water volume by replacing old mains, valves and fire hydrants, upgrading or replacing meters and by activating booster stations in Bradley and Manteno.Between 2000 and 2007, Aqua
spent more than $44 million on improvements, Rakocy
But investing in the community means more than upgrading water pipes, he
said.Since 2004, Aqua
has created 35 jobs.Most of those -- 28 -- are in the regional call center, which handles customer service calls from 12 states.The call center is located in the Clock Tower Centre on Schuyler Avenue
in downtown Kankakee.Aqua
Illinois serves about 30,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Kankakee County, Rakocy
America, its parent company, is continuing in expansion mode, according to its annual shareholder report from March 10.